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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.


A quick end

Kerrie Lloyd-Dawson reports on insolvency reforms and the progress of the Enterprise Bill The Government will shortly be announcing its conclusions following consultation on its proposals for the reform of insolvency and bankruptcy practice. This was set out in the white paper entitled ‘Productivity and Enterprise – Insolvency: A Second Chance’, published in July 2001. […]

Andersen Legal network faces massive claims over Enron

The Andersen Legal Network has received another blow as US class action law firms indicated they would sue the Andersen Worldwide Partnership Key Andersen Legal partners, including senior partner Tony Williams, face massive claims as they are members of the unlimited Andersen Worldwide Partnership.The setback comes as the network was saved from collapse by merger […]

Clayton Utz in brand overhaul to reflect regional office integration

Clayton Utz is to rebrand this financial year in a bid to communicate its regional integration more effectively and to highlight its non-transactional practice The move follows the integration of its six state offices in July 2000. The 185-partner firm has been advised by brand design consultancy The Partners, which also worked on the 1999 […]

China crisis as Shanghai erects ceiling on charges

Local govt places limit on fees; ambiguity concerning foreign firms’ inclusion The Shanghai local government has cast huge uncertainty over global law firms’ China practices by issuing a notice on lawyers’ fees, which sets an upper limit of 3,000 yuan (A$697/£255) per hour.Foreign law firms have not been mentioned explicitly, so it is unclear whether […]

AAR star quits for Credit Suisse

Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) rainmaker Peter Cameron will begin work at Credit Suisse First Boston in April Cameron, head of mergers and acquisitions at AAR, will take over from John Wylie to become chairman of the Australian investment banking division. Cameron is known for his role as key adviser on some of the most complex […]

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