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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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DWF has opened an office in Brussels, the firm’s second office outside of the UK after opening in Dubai earlier in the year. The new office will provide advice on greater competition and regulatory support for its UK and international clients. The practice will specialise in central and local government, food and retail, transport and […]

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BLP advises alongside magic circle trio in GE’s £3.8bn loan sale to consortium

A host of firms have advised on the £3.8bn acquisition of a portfolio of first lien mortgage loans from General Electric’s (GE) UK home lending business. GE Capital was represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), with a team including partner Daniel McKimm. Meanwhile Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised the investment consortium made up of funds […]

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The real estate blog: Eversheds London real estate head Dear talks MIPIM Asia

This week Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear shares his adventures at MIPIM Asia. The summit focuses on regional development opportunities and retail real estate trends across the Asia Pacific. “Flight closing” the board says in buzzing red letters. How did that happen? More importantly, how will we explain to our partners that […]

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WHSmith joins Visa and MasterCard cartel claim as firms gear up for two-year court battle

WHSmith has joined the raft of high street giants suing Visa and MasterCard in the High Court over allegations both companies charged retailers anti-competitive credit card fees. WHSmith has instructed Humphries Kerstetter on its dual claims against Visa and MasterCard, which will seek to claim £17.5m and £5.5m in repayments respectively, The Lawyer understands. The […]

Ex-BLP corporate head Collins joins Dentons to lead London practice

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate head David Collins has joined Dentons as head of its UK corporate group. Collins left BLP in October after losing the firm’s leadership election to employment partner Lisa Mayhew in February. He will replace Richard Barham when he takes over the corporate practice on 1 January. Barham, who was head of […]

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