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Cartels and the construction sector: Levelling up and screwing down

In recent years, the UK’s construction sector has not had a happy track record with respect to competition law enforcement, where the Competition and Markets Authority has fined construction companies a total of £67 million across five cases. Of particular significance is the increased focus on individual responsibility, as these cases also led to the disqualification of 11 directors and two criminal convictions.

Snapshot: Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the Cayman Islands

Foreign arbitral awards may be enforced relatively quickly and easily in the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands courts are willing to assist with the recovery of judgment debts. This Snapshot provides an overview of the recognition process and the steps that are then available for enforcement.

Jersey Royal Court concludes there is no substratum rule that applies to Jersey trusts

The Royal Court has recently clarified the Jersey law position of whether a trust is able to lose its substratum. Following analysis of the recent decision of the Bermuda Court of Appeal in Grand View Private Trust Company Limited v Wong & Ors, the Royal Court concluded that there was no substratum rule which applied to Jersey trusts and that powers of addition or exclusion contained within Jersey trusts should be given their natural meaning.

Working with AI

On 23 September 2021 Shoosmiths hosted its latest IHL webinar on working with AI: the key types, implementing AI and what the future might bring. Ian Blackwell represented Next Retail Ltd on the panel, alongside Simon McArdle and Sebastian Price, Commercial Partners at Shoosmiths.



Halliwells buffers exits with corporate hire

Halliwells has appointed a new partner to its London corporate recovery team as others leave the office. PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal associate Sadaf Buchanan, previously at Clifford Chance, will join later this month. Halliwells managing partner Jonathan Brown said: “We’re currently in talks to appoint a ­number of senior lawyers for several of our practice areas. While […]

Charles Plant

SRA chair draws the poison from City’s wounds at Lawyer conference

The City has given a ­tentative thumbs-up to ’transformational’ proposals outlined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) last week. “But it can be a double-edged sword – it’s nice to have an opportunity for ­consultation, but there’s been so many over the past few years. It’s nice to have your voice heard, but it can […]


Manchester barrister stars in Coronation Street

Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester set 18 St John Street Chambers made a return appearance on Coronation Street last night, playing a court usher as Gail McIntyre was put on remand for murder. Dockery has appeared on the soap several times, having advised its script writers for the past six years on all things legal, […]

Defense mechanism

For big name defendants employment discrimination can be a PR catastrophe. Look at 4 New Square. When it emerged that set member Aisha Bijlani was suing the set’s senior clerk Lizzie Wiseman and three successive heads of chambers, it received some less than favourable national press coverage. But when the judgment was handed down in […]

AIM takes small steps to recovery as rivals remain dogged by slump

Recent deals coupled with Plus’s poor performance show AIM is holding its own. By Gavriel Hollander The first three months of the year have already proved that end of downturn or otherwise, we have yet to see the last of the volatility in the capital markets. While the turn of the year brought about talk […]

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