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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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UK deficit – can Govt budge it?

The Chancellor’s Budget held few surprises, retaining its central plank of continued austerity The Budget delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contained no real surprises as the Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to debt reduction as its key priority. In terms of specific measures, this was essentially a ‘fiscally neutral’ Budget, with giveaways paid […]

Osborne Clarke turns east

Osborne Clarke (OC) has always been one for outgrowing itself. In the 1980s it realised it needed to look outside the West Country. In 1997 it figured it needed to be in Europe and launched the OC Alliance. And in 2000 it opened in Silicon Valley, launching in Germany a year later. Now, after a […]

Amsterdam Court of Appeal: accepted jurisdiction on Converium case

Class actions go Dutch

After the US barred certain mass securities cases, the Netherlands’ liberal attitude to jurisdiction is making it the hot destination for claims, says Joanne Harris Over the years the US has become a world capital for class action litigation, with a whole sub-sector of the legal market relying on mass claims for their livelihood. But […]


Chinese lawyers required to swear allegiance to the Communist Party

Chinese lawyers have to take an oath of allegiance to the Communist Party under a new measure introduced by the country’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The MoJ has issued a new measure requiring newly qualified lawyers or lawyers renewing their practising certificates to swear allegiance to the Communist Party of China (CPC) within three months […]


New York Bar bans lawyers from working in firms owned by non-lawyers

The New York Bar has banned lawyers in the state from becoming an employee of a firm in which non-lawyers hold a stake, effectively preventing UK firms with New York bases from seeking external investment. The ruling by New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), issued yesterday, applies to law firms in other states or outside […]

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