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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.


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Clifford Chance takes magic circle lead with 27 promos

Clifford Chance has made up 27 lawyers to its partnership, up from 23 last year and four ahead of its nearest magic circle rival. Fellow magic circle firms Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters promoted 23 (30 March 2012), 20 (28 March 2012) and 23 (23 April 2012), respectively. Continuing a trend seen […]

Keoghs opens third Bolton office ahead of casualty claims expansion

Greater Manchester insurance specialists Keoghs has opened a third office in Bolton s it seeks to expand its casualty claims team. The firm, which also has a base in Coventry, said that up to 70 employees will work from the new 7,500 sq ft facility, with the firm looking to make a number of “key […]

DAC Beachcroft welcomes five to partnership ranks

DAC Beachcroft has added five lawyers to its partnership, three of whom join its commoditised claims solutions group. In Leeds the firm has promoted two partners, Vicki Hilton and Chris Baranowski, to the claims solutions group, while Peter Allchorne joins the partnership in Newport. The firm’s London partnership has added Mark Roach to the global […]


Quinn Emanuel taps A&O again for Hamburg launch

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has opened a second German office, picking up Allen & Overy (A&O) IP and antitrust litigation partner Nadine Herrmann and a team of 10 lawyers and staff for a Hamburg launch. The opening in Hamburg follows the firm’s launch in Mannheim two years ago (23 February 2010), when Quinn Emanuel […]


Offshore: Pensions booked

Moving money offshore has just become harder as the UK tax authorities rein in the use of offshore pension schemes The market for offshore pension planning in the UK has been thrown into upheaval following a crackdown by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on the way offshore pension schemes can be used. The changes are […]

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