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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.


Davis polk advises Citi on Wachovia buy

Davis Polk & Wardwell, ­Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored roles on Citigroup’s acquisition of Wachovia’s banking operations. Davis Polk partners John Ettinger and Phillip Mills are advising Citi, Sullivan chairman Rodgin Cohen is advising Wachovia, and Skadden partners Eric Friedman and Greg Fernicola are advising on due diligence […]

Separated at birth

After 18 years of pitting his wits against Paul Merton on BBC panel show Have I Got News For You, Ian Hislop has jumped ship to work as a litigation partner at Roythornes’ Spalding office, in the guise of former Malletts Solicitors practitioner Chris Parslew. The move is apt. As the editor of Private Eye, […]

DLA Piper launches in Romania with ex-Links man

DLA Piper is set to launch an office in Romania, hiring senior associate Marian Dinu from the former Bucharest office of Linklaters to lead the venture. DLA Piper is expected to open the office before the end of the year with a team of between 10 and 15 lawyers. DLA Piper managing partner for Central […]

Cleary Gottlieb wins role in Fortis bank sale

Cleary Gottlieb wins role in Fortis bank sale” />Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has joined in the acquisition of struggling Benelux bank Fortis, bagging the instruction for BNP Paribas on its €14.5bn (£11.3bn) offer. The sale of Fortis’ Belgian, Luxembourg and international banking franchises follow an €11.2bn (£8.8bn) cash injection from the Benelux governments. Fortis […]

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 […]

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