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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.


Washington DC

DoJ criminal division chief returns to Covington

US Department of Justice (DoJ) official Lanny Breuer is to rejoin Covington & Burling in the newly created role of vice-chairman after spending four years as head of the DoJ’s criminal division. Breuer joined Barack Obama’s administration with Covington colleague Eric Holder, who remains US attorney general, in 2009. Since then he has been involved […]

Intellectual Property Matters — March 2013

Walker Morris has released the March 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property Matters publication. Contents Replacement parts not held to be an infringement of patent rights The Interflora v M&S evidence saga: continued Breach of an unless order in the PCC History fights Discovery in trade mark infringement case The countdown is on… You will […]


DLA Piper takes the gong at Law Rocks Los Angeles

Earlier this month a little bit of London legal market rock ‘n’ roll came to LA in the shape of the second annual Law Rocks! Los Angeles. A band from DLA Piper, going by the name of Run DLA, walked off as winners of the event which raised more than $100,000 for charity. “It was […]


Speechlys and Withers in talks over £170m merger

Speechly Bircham and Withers are in merger talks in a bid to create a £170m City firm of roughly 500 lawyers. The firms are understood to be considering a combination that would lead to a business of around 200 partners across 11 global offices. Both firms have a focus on private client work, while the […]


Linklaters brings ex-Norton Rose Islamic finance star on board

Linklaters has hired KPMG global Islamic finance head Neil Miller as its new global Islamic finance head, based in Dubai. Miller joins the magic circle firm from accountancy firm KPMG. He joined KPMG two years ago from Norton Rose (25 January 2011), having developed a leading Islamic finance practice at the firm over around 20 […]

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