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Issues concerning construction and enforceability of settlement agreements

By Craig Orr Zurich Insurance v Hayward has drawn attention to the scope for parties to re-open settlements when new evidence disproving the other side’s case later emerges. Craig Orr QC considers this and other issues concerning the construction and enforceability of settlement agreements, by reference to modern English and Commonwealth authority.

Romanian Competition Council’s conclusions on retail banking sector inquiry

By Iustinian Captariu, Theodora Stoica Following the adoption of EU Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market (“PSD2”), the Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC”) launched in 2016 a comprehensive study of the Romanian retail banking market. PSD2 is expected to fundamentally change the way […]

Canada: Federal government to implement Wells v Canada

By Jaimie Lickers, John J. Wilson Yesterday, representatives of the federal government and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation of Newfoundland announced that – as a result of the litigation advanced by Gowling WLG – it will reassess approximately 58,000 membership applications for membership denied on the basis of the evidentiary criteria set aside in Wells v. Canada. […]

MPs can depend on government to renegotiate as part of meaningful vote

By Kieran Laird In the political tempest of the last couple of days it would be easy for a report by a Parliamentary committee to slip under the radar unremarked. However, today’s report by the Commons Procedure Committee concerns the very live issue of the form of the motion on which MPs will have their meaningful […]

Can the UK reverse out of Brexit?

By Kieran Laird In a few weeks MPs will be asked to vote to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration on a future trade deal negotiated by the government. At present, the mood music is that many – both pro- and anti-Brexit – dislike the package. However, whether or not they vote against it will, […]

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The rules of public international law have long placed restrictions on the measures that a state can take against the property or person of foreign nationals. One area in which the international rules are well developed is in relation to the protection of foreign investments. International agreements between states establish protections by “internationalising” the applicable […]

Tite & Lewis takes on second finance partner

Tite & Lewis, the law firm associated with accountants Ernst & Young, is taking on a second finance partner, this time from US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Asset finance partner Paul Flood specialises in transport sector deals, particularly in aircraft and rolling stock, which Tite & Lewis says fits well with its client […]

Ashursts partner is European champ

An Ashurst Morris Crisp partner has scored the highest number of European corporate deals during 2000, beating his counterparts at Slaughter and May and Linklaters & Alliance. Corporate partner Adrian Clark notched up 17 deals during the period 1 January to 31 December 2000, with a total value of £6.4bn. Slaughters head of corporate Nigel […]

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