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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.



Howes Percival sets up shop in the City

Regional firm Howes Percival has launched its London office with the recruitment of Blake Lapthorn insolvency chief Nick Oliver as a partner. Oliver will join the firm in August to lead the insolvency and corporate recovery department. Managing ­partner Andrew Barnes said: “Our intention is that the London office will grow in time to cover […]

Suzanne Wise

A taste for law: Suzanne Wise, Premier Foods

As counsel for Premier Foods, creating a legal function to reflect the vastly altered focus of the company has been Suzanne Wise’s bread and butter. By Corinne McPartland Picture a small boy pushing a bike laden with loaves of bread up a cobbled street in a northern town to the strains of Dvorak’s New World […]

Tim Maloney

Dorsey would rather talk about City resurgence than its former partner

Can the firm’s progress in London distract attention away from the Rimmington trial? By Matt Byrne Next month a former partner from the London office of Dorsey & Whitney will stand trial accused of insider trading. Andrew Rimmington is charged along with former McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael McFall with insider trading relating to […]

Lois Howell, Medway NHS Trust

What price efficiency? Local govt event looks at riding out the tough times ahead

With local governments ­facing major cuts over the ­coming years, the legal departments of these ­entities are under increasing ­pressure to drive efficiencies. However, Buttery believes that there are some ­relatively painless fields of cooperation. “Training’s an easy win in terms of cost ­savings,” she argued. It is often IT that drives cooperation, claimed ­Martin Ryan, programme director, regional improvement […]

Robert Grierson

BNP barrister sparks debate on workplace ethics

The decision by St Philips Chambers to distance itself from former barrister Roger Grierson, who is to fight a seat for the British National Party (BNP) at the general election, has instigated heated debate among Birmingham lawyers. Wragge & Co senior ­partner Quentin Poole said: “It’s possible to imagine a situation where an individual apple would taint the […]

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