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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.


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

In an article about barristers chambers (the Bar Top 30: small sets, big ambition, 3 August) we made a mistake when referring to the well-known set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. We are happy to report that 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square,, is both flourishing and successful.

No5’s James Dixon helps lorry driver win back license on pro bono basis

Marek Durkiewicz, a lorry driver who was deprived of his driving license is now back on the road thanks to No5 Chambers barrister James Dixon and solicitor Agata Dmoch from Mills & Reeve. Durkiewwicz suffers from a medical condition, which could affect his ability to drive, and consequently has to surrender his license to be […]

A&O, Cleary, Skadden and Slaughters lead on billion-dollar Coca-Cola merger

The world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler was created last week, following the merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke (CCEAG). A raft of UK, continental and US firms advised , with Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom all fielding teams for the Coca-Cola Company. […]


Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr: integration with DLA Piper “a bridge too far”

DLA Piper’s South Africa ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr pulled out of the relationship after it became apparent that partners would be forced into giving up control of the firm, chief executive Brent Williams has revealed. In an interview with The Lawyer Williams said Cliffe Dekker decided to end the alliance with DLA Piper when plans […]

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CC and Freshfields win top roles on £668m annuities merger

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised on the merger of annuity providers Just Retirement Group and Partnership Assurance, after the 2014 pension reforms led to a decline in product sales. Clifford Chance acted as legal adviser for Just Retirement, with a team led by Lee Coney alongside fellow corporate partner Hilary Evenett. Partner Simon […]

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