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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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Corruption trial triggers Bird & Bird Hamburg negligence claim

Bird & Bird has been hit by a new professional negligence claimto the tune of €130m, in the latest development in a corruption trial against one of the firm’s former clients. The claimants allege that Bird & Bird lawyers acted negligently and potentially criminally in enabling embezzlement by former client Heinrich Maria Schulte, the ex-chief […]

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A&O and Ashurst win key roles on £680m Jurys Inn hotel chain sale

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Dillon Eustace and William Fry have won key mandates advising on the £680m acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel chain by US private equity group Lone Star. The hotel chain is being sold by the consortium of investors that currently owns it, including Oman Investment Fund, Mount Kellett Capital Management, […]

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The Hot 100 2015: Leaders

In association with Fox Rodney, Saunderson House and Thomson Reuters David Bott, Bott & Co As Lord Justice Jackson’s civil litigation costs reforms took hold, personal injury firms across the UK felt the bite. Manchester-based Bott & Co was no exception but instead of bemoaning the cuts, senior partner David Bott led a complete reinvention […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 03 February 2015

Popular beat artist Robin Thicke made headlines last year with a really very catchy tune and some really very unfortunate lyrics. We looked them up for the purposes of this email and quite apart from the sexism, there are some crimes against language in there. “In a hundred years not dare, would I / Pull […]

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