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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.


Court of Appeal considers the detail required for unilateral notices

On 23 January 2014, the Court of Appeal accepted the arguments of Walker Morris’s client, Bank of Scotland, in the first reported case to analyse the proper content of and protection provided by a unilateral notice registered in the charges register to a property. On 10 March 2005, Mr S bought a flat on a long […]

Giles Murphy

More than half of merger discussions end in failure, S&W research finds

More than half (56 per cent) of merger discussions between law firms are ending in failure according to research from accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson. In addition the research found that a third of firms spent more than three months negotiating before ending the talks while 15 per cent reported spending more […]

Education update: managing sickness absence

The most recent figures from the Department for Education (DfE) reveal that a total of 2.2 million teaching days were lost to sickness absence in England in the 2011–12 academic year. This equates to an average of 4.5 sick days per teacher per year. With schools being stretched more than ever before, a failure to […]


ULaw vs BPP: hostilities subside, war goes on and on

The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning. One senior lecturer recently told Lawyer 2B that hostilities have subsided in the war of the law schools. The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), he said, has made all providers pause as they wait to […]


Ashurst’s Glasgow base to become its fourth largest office by August

Ashurst’s low cost support base in Scotland is expanding faster than expected, with the firm planning to more than quadruple the number of legal analysts based in the city within the next 12 months. The firm’s Glasgow office currently houses 100 employees, 13 of which are ‘legal analysts’ and the remainder back office staff. However, […]

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