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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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Latham’s Dell speaks out on redundancies

Latham & Watkins managing partner Bob Dell has today spoken out about the firm’s record 440 layoffs. Earlier today, the US firm announced its plans to cull 190 associates and 250 paralegal and support staff employees (27 Feb 2009). The news followed a profits drop at Latham of 21 per cent for the 2008 financial […]

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Italy Special Report: Latin down the hatches

Despite a history of high-value deals, Italian law firms have unsurprisingly failed to avoid the crunch and are now reacting defensively in a volatile market. By Kelly Parsons The legendry hefty pay packets of Italy’s top rainmakers could be left significantly lighter this year as M&A activity in the country plunges to a record low […]

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Blake Dawson’s Wikipedia page hijacked

Australian firm Blake Dawson has had its Wikipedia page invaded with an unknown contributor adding details of the firm’s job cuts to the online encyclopedia. The entry to the reader-written webpage said that the firm’s partnership was looking to cut up to 100 staff “in a bid to slash costs and preserve profit”. The entry […]

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