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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.



Dechert set to take 25-strong Dewey team in London and UAE

Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to lose up to 11 further lawyers in Dubai as a team of fee-earners follows a four-partner capital markets exodus to US rival Dechert. The team of three local partners and eight associates comes on the back of the departure of London capital markets rainmaker Camille Abousleiman along with fellow […]

Freshfields adds Asia partners from Allens Arthur Robinson and Milbank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has boosted its energy and infrastructure practices in Asia with partner hires from Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Gavin MacLaren, a partner at Australian firm AAR’s Melbourne office, and Mark Plenderleith, a partner at Milbank’s Tokyo office are both set to join Freshfields. MacLaren, who focuses on […]

By hook or by crook

Gareth Pierce denounces ECHR decision to let US justice system try terror suspects The extradition saga of radical cleric Abu Hamza put the controversial UK-US extradition treaty under further scrutiny last week, leading to criticism that terrorism-focused legislation was being misapplied in the cases of Sheffield student Richard O’Dwyer, retired businessman Christopher Tappin and computer […]

Guy Vincent

Bircham managing partner to step down in May

Bircham Dyson Bell’s managing partner has told the firm’s management board that he will not stand for re-election next month. Guy Vincent has been in the role for seven years, but will pass the mantle on to fellow management board member and head of business services Jesper Christensen – in accordance with the firm’s constitution […]

China’s Zhong Lun picks up ex-Freshfields partner

Beijing-headquartered Zhong Lun has secured the services of former Freshfields partner Carl Cheng as a partner in Shanghai. Cheng, joined Freshfields in 1993 and retired from the firm’s partnership in 2010, will commence his new position at the Chinese firm in the second half of this year. Cheng will bring more than 20 years of […]

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