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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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This year’s diversity gongs go to O’Melveny & Myers and Coram Chambers, which top the tables for law firms and barristers’ sets respectively when ranked by their proportion of partners or tenants from ethnic minorities. But the real news is the number of chambers that failed to fill in the form. Only 23 sets out […]

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Deep-seated disparities caused FFW-Osborne Clarke merger talks to fail Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke have similarities and differences. The former is still more politically heated and divided than gentlemanly Osborne Clarke, despite FFW’s efforts in recent years, but their clientele would have complemented each other well, especially in corporate. News of the collapse […]

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DWF has positive first half thanks to merger activity

DWF has reported a half-year turnover rise to £59m following several mergers, with a 7.6 per cent growth in like-for-like revenue. The firm announced turnover of “over £59m” for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, a rise of 31 per cent compared to £45m at the same point last year (14 November 2011). […]

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MAPIC mania

Having popped over to Cannes for this year’s MAPIC real estate conference, Nicky Richmond finds a slightly different scene to the one on offer at lawyer-fest MIPIM I’d guess that there are about 300 or so UK-based organisations at MAPIC this year. Out of that lot, 10 law firms. Out of that lot, Blake Lapthorn wins […]

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