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Changing times: Brexit’s impact on the EU’s financial services market

Following the end of the transition period nearly two months ago, with an EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) that largely left out financial services1, it is unsurprising that the UK is forging alliances elsewhere. Even less surprising, then, is that one such ally should be another European nation well known for its financial sector.

EU sanctions – a year in review

The world of sanctions policy and enforcement saw quite a busy year in 2020 – and it seems the trend will not slow down in 2021.

Guide to self-cleaning in European public procurement procedures

With the increase in governments’ stimulus packages, the principles of fairness in competition and compliance with legal rules have proved relevant, enhancing how useful the self-cleaning option is. Understanding what it means and how to benefit from this second chance is all the more key to economic operators.

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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.


Clifford Chance considers super-points plateau in lockstep review

Clifford Chance’s new managing partner Matthew Layton is wasting no time in stamping his mark on the firm. Just a week after the appointment of the firm’s first global innovation head and a new chief operating officer, we reveal today that Clifford Chance has also kicked off a review of its lockstep. Sources suggest that […]

Eversheds unveils 10-step guide in wake of SNB’s unpegging of Swiss franc

Last week, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) removed the €1.20/CHF peg. This took the FX markets by complete surprise, and caused a dramatic spike in the value of the Swiss Franc. The full scale of that fallout remains to be seen. Casualties include a major hedge fund which reportedly suffered nearly US$1bn in FX losses. […]


De Brauw notary team splits away as Dutch boutique trend gains momentum

A team of corporate law notaries from Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek have used the growth of the boutique market in the Netherlands as the catalyst to establish their own spin-off practice. De Brauw partner René Clumpkens, counsel Anne-Marie Struycken-van Daelen and senior associate Cindy Smid, together with two paralegals, started Zuidbroek Corporate Law Notaries […]

No5 Chambers barrister in green belt appeal

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Gedling BC v Timmins.   This is a green belt policy case that casts some doubt, but reaches no definitive conclusion, on earlier decisions that said development that is not inappropriate in the green belt is confined to the descriptions in paragraphs 89 and 90 of the Framework. […]


China’s Dacheng merges with Dentons to create world’s biggest firm

PRC firm Dacheng is to merge with global firm Dentons in only the second tie-up between a Chinese and Anglo-Saxon firm in history. The deal, which is understood to be taking effect next week, will create a firm with 6,500 lawyers, making it the world’s largest by headcount. Due to Chinese regulatory restrictions the deal […]

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