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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.


Orrick snaps up 27-partner Heller team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become the latest firm to snap up a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heller Ehrman. The group includes former chairman Barry Levin (pictured) as well as Robert Rosenfeld, Heller chairman from 1993-99, and Larry Popofsky, co-chair of the firm from 1988-93. Levin was most recently the managing shareholder of […]

Scottish Law Soc replaces chief executive

The Law Society of Scotland has appointed a new chief executive. Lorna Jack, who takes up the post after six years working in Boston as Scottish Development International’s Americas president, will replace outgoing chief Douglas Mill. Jack said she was looking forward to leading the organisation through a period of “unprecedented change”. This year the […]


Magic circle defies downturn as top billers bump up hourly rates

Hourly partner rates at the UK’s largest firms have hit £750 on average this year despite the economic crisis, research carried out for The Lawyer has found. The Hourly Rates Survey 2008, carried out by Legal Budgets, ;shows ;that although the fees boom of recent years came to an end for most of the legal […]

House of Lords crossbench role for Pannick

Blackstone Chambers silk David Pannick QC has been made a non-party political peer by the House of Lords’ appointments commission. Pannick, who is well known for his work in the fields of public law, human rights and sports law, will continue as a tenant at Blackstone, combining his day job with acting as a crossbencher […]

Paul Marsh: Downs

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Gordon Brown. No ­explanation needed. What was your first-ever job?Car salesman. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Attending court to meet counsel who did not turn up. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really […]

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