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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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Listening Helpfully Jeanne Ellin Souvenir Press £9.99

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Firms boost profit despite static fees

LAW firms are managing to boost profits despite static fee income, according to a snap-shot survey. Cutting staff costs, reducing overheads and an increase in the use of technology have been the back-bone of the improvements. But the smaller firms, those with less than 10 partners, have continued to struggle and have failed to increase […]

Law Society rules on corporate pensions

Bob Butler, head of the Law Society’s monitoring unit, has confirmed that lawyers will receive no further formal guidance on what constitutes corporate pensions business. Instead, solicitors are required to use their own common sense in declaring to the Law Society that they are involved in work which may constitute arranging corporate, rather than personal, […]

Making crime pay

US trial lawyers are making a killing out of crime. More and more attornies are earning big bucks from writing chunky legal thrillers – without even needing to charge their readers by the hour. John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’, for instance, sold over 25 million copies in 18 months, making him the fastest-selling writer in history. […]

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