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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.


K&L’s empire state of mind

Empire building hasn’t really been a fashionable phrase ever since Kaiser Wilhelm decided that feathered Prussian military head-dress would go down a storm in sub-Saharan Africa. But K&L Gates, never a firm to be coy about its hiring sprees, has signalled its continuing intent of becoming a serious global player by opening an office in […]

Rachel and Matthew Guthrie

On the move

Mourant Ozannes has hired a husband and wife team from ­separate City law firms for its trust and employment litigation groups. Move of the week Rachel and Matthew Guthrie have joined the offshore firm as ­associates from Allen & Overy and Taylor Wessing respectively. Rachel’s practice focuses on employment law and litigation while Matthew is […]

Paul Hastings’ European projects chief defects to Hunton’s City base

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s European projects head is leaving the firm to join the City office of US outfit Hunton & Williams. Jonathan Simpson is the eighth partner to join Hunton’s international energy and infrastructure finance practice in the last year, and the fourth from Paul Hastings. Jeff Schroeder, Larry Skinner and Ellis Butler, […]


Former CC secretary jailed for stealing £23,000 from firm

A former Clifford Chance secretary who stole more than £23,000 from the firm has been jailed for fraud. Jodie Groom, who had pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud amounting to £23,413.82, was sentenced to 15 months in prison when she appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Between January 2007 and July 2009, while a secretary […]

White & Case boosts Tokyo office with double Paul Hastings hire

White & Case has hired two partners in Japan from fellow US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Jun Usami and Ayako Kawano will boost the firm’s profile in M&A, real estate, and restructuring. Usami, who was co-chair of Paul Hastings’ M&A practice in Tokyo, joins White & Case in the same role, acting alongside […]

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