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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.


Indisputable progress

Arbitration has long been central to commerce, but its processes have never been a good fit for the business world. Now, proposed changes to the IBA Rules look set to bring it into line. By Lord Goldsmith QC and Sophie Lamb If attendance by some 550 lawyers at a recent IBA Arbitration Day in London […]

Cleary partner jumps ship to tax chambers

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton tax partner Nikhil Mehta has quit the firm to join Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers. “The bar’s something I always wanted to go back to,” Mehta said. “It’s more ­flexible and as a sole ­practitioner you have the opportunity to be much more proactive according to your own ­ambitions, ­including in my case […]

Schilling Zutt raids Skadden for Frankfurt launch

Schilling Zutt & Anschutz (SZA) has raided Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s tax practice ahead of its new office opening in Frankfurt. Skadden partner Dr Hans-Goerg Berg is leaving the firm for SZA along with counsel Rolf Schmich and associate Bjorn Enders. The move leaves Skadden with no tax practitioners in its Frankfurt office, […]


Jack Straw moots end to UK libel tourism

The eradication of libel tourism will be a key concern for the next UK parliament, with Justice Secretary Jack Straw today announcing a range of libel reforms. Straw hopes to put a stop to libel claims made against foreign publications that can be accessed in the UK by asking the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to […]

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