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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.


Jack Yu

Opinion: Chinese firms are gearing up for new legal world order

Since China’s outbound investment, or ’go-global’ campaign, started 10 years ago we have witnessed Chinese enterprises flexing their muscles internationally. This trend is going to continue, especially in the post-global economic crisis era. China’s legal sector has developed ­significantly over the past 30 years. There are now more than 14,000 firms and 150,000 practising lawyers. […]


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, […]


Is libel reform now really possible?

There is so much wrong with the law of libel that statutory intervention is required.  Whilst aspects of libel abuse can be dealt with by decisions of the appellate courts, or by changes to court procedure or by amendments to statutory instruments, the deeper problems are really such that primary legislation is necessary. For example, […]

Clifford Chance unveils new-look partnership council

Clifford Chance has unveiled its slimmed down partnership council, with four new members taking their place alongside senior partner Stuart Popham and re-elected members Joeroen Koster and Thomas Schulte. The new members, who will serve terms of three years, are Katherine Coates and Simon Davis from the firm’s London HQ, Martin Rogers from Hong Kong […]

Paul Keeling


South West firm Stones was one of the first of The Lawyer’s UK 200 firms to take drastic action at the onset of the recession. The Exeter-headquartered firm scaled back its sprawling office network from six to just two in the autumn of 2008. “We then sat down in the middle of 2009 and said […]

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