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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.


SJ Berwin mulls of counsel position

SJ Berwin has set up a firmwide associate focus group to decide whether an of counsel role should be introduced. With ;partnership prospects worsening across the market, the 15-associate alternative career path working group will debate the merit of the new role as either an additional position or an alternative route to partnership The firm […]

Making trainees central to the business

National firm Irwin Mitchell is planning a radical overhaul its training ­programme, centralising its first-year training budget as part of the scheme (The Lawyer, 29 September). Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing […]

New team boosts Shoosmiths’ turnover

Shoosmiths has boosted its Birmingham income by 20 per cent just six months after hiring a social housing team from Cobbetts. Head of Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office Joel ­Kordan, who joined from Cobbetts’ Birmingham pre-merger firm Lee Crowder in 2003, said: “There was a lot of pressure for the team to perform, but they exceeded their […]

New Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions

Penningtons has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions” />Penningtons ;has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Chief executive David Raine, who takes over this month, has set out a plan for […]

Nomura panel rejig adds three, drops one

Dewey & LeBoeuf, ­Norton Rose and Travers Smith have all won roles on ­investment bank Nomura’s extended roster of preferred firms. The three firms join ­existing panel members Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters on the bank’s main roster. General counsel Mark Chapman, who has been in the role for a year, […]

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