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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.


Pinheads to avoid stripes

The Argyle Partnership, which – according to the press release at least – is one of the “UK’s leading specialists in legal recruitment”, has jumped on the dress code bandwagon. Come on guys – don’t you read the press? Even the Law Society has got there before you by some three weeks. Their advice, following […]

Grewcock and balls

Norton Rose wins the prize for best corporate entertainment this month and Tulkinghorn is very pleased indeed that he and other selected journalists were invited to tag along too. The firm has sponsored the Heineken Cup rugby tournament and the good news is that it chartered a train to take 700 or so clients to […]

KLegal makes first partner hire since McGrigors merger

KLegal has hired Duncan Buchanan, a pensions partner from Garretts He is the first partner hire since KLegal and McGrigor Donald merged earlier this year.The appointment fills a hole in KLegal’s practice, which until now has not had a pensions capability. Buchanan has been a Garretts partner for five and a half years. He said […]

BPE breaks new ground by allying with Estonian firm

Cheltenham firm BPE has formed a timely but unusual link-up with a firm in Estonia, the country that played host to last Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest Sixteen-partner BPE has formed an exclusive alliance with local firm Heta, with which it shares a number of clients. It is believed to be the first UK firm to […]

Deals summary

SJ Berwin (Jon Vivian) acted for Brixton plc on the £51m disposal of two properties, in Milton Keynes and New Southgate, to Pearl Assurance. CMS Cameron McKenna (Mark Heighton) acted for Pearl. McGrigor Donald (Michael Watson) acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland on the Cheshire Police Authority’s first PPP deal, the £40m construction of […]

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