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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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Redeployments, job shares, secondments spare 26 jobs

Blake Lapthorn, Clarke Willmott and Cobbetts have reduced the number of staff they are making redundant by a total of 26 through a combination of redeployments and client secondments. South East firm Blake Lapthorn launched a consultation with 43 members of staff in October, but has reduced the final number of redundancies by 10 after […]

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Trethowans” />Growing in turnover, lawyers and determination, Trethowans has plans to expand during the ­downturn and become a major presence in the southern legal market. Managing partner Miles Brown oversees what he calls a “flexible” practice that has some major brands on its books, snapping them up from under the noses of larger firms and […]

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Leeds’ Lupton Fawcett takes over Fox Hayes

Leeds’ Lupton Fawcett is to acquire the entire commercial and private client business of local rival Fox Hayes, as it seeks to more than triple in size in three years. Lupton Fawcett takes over Fox Hayes” />Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett is to acquire the entire commercial and private client business of local rival Fox Hayes, […]

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Opinion: Post-Mumbai, India’s outsourcing bubble could burst

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have cast a dark shadow over India’s status as the world’s largest offshore outsourcing ­location. Many of the world’s leading ­offshore outsourcing suppliers have their headquarters in Mumbai and many ­Western banks are located within the city. A spate of terror attacks in India over the past 10 years, culminating […]

Proposal for EU-wide class action law finds no favour with UK practitioners

UK lawyers have criticised a green paper from the European Commission that suggests EU member states should create a Europe-wide law on class actions. The report, called the ‘Green Paper on Consumer Collective Redress’, puts forward three broad proposals for addressing consumer class actions (see box). Introducing the green paper, Commissioner for Consumers Meglena Kuneva […]

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