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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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US dominates in DLA Piper promos round with 45 made up

DLA Piper has promoted 45 lawyers to the firm’s global partnership with effect from the 1 January 2014 in the US and today in the UK. DLA Piper’s latest promotions round is up 32 per cent on 2013 when 34 were promoted, with the bulk of the new partners in the US for the second […]

DLA Piper acts for Avalara in acquisition of Fuelquest’s excise tax software solutions

DLA Piper has represented Avalara, a provider of a cloud-based software platform that delivers compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes, in its acquisition of the line of Zytax energy-related tax automation solutions. Avalara acquired the Zytax offering from FuelQuest, a provider of on-demand software and services for global downstream energy companies. […]


Arbitration: Little big league

Ex-Freshfields star Jan Paulsson is the latest arbitrator to set up a boutique practice. They’re small and perfectly formed – but are these firms the future? Arbitrators are feeling restless and their itchy feet are leading them to the boutique firms springing up across Europe. Boutiques have long been the answer for conflicted arbitrators seeking […]

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Crawford & Co head of legal: Principle character

Taking the lead on compliance matters to stay one step ahead of the regulator ‘scalp-hunters’ is a priority for Chris Pinney at loss adjuster Crawford The wettest winter on record is expected to cost the insurance market in excess of £1bn in claims. Loss adjustor Crawford & Company is at the centre of the ongoing […]

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