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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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Sex lines, MPs and barristers

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Cornell to focus on partner values

In the first interview since being elected, CC’s future CEO tells the lawyer his plans for the firm In his first major interview since his election to chief executive officer (CEO), Clifford Chance‘s deputy CEO Peter Cornell has renewed his call to focus on partnership values – but not at the expense of profitability. He […]

Corporate

Benfield Greig Group, the London reinsurance broker, buys US rival EW Blanch Holdings for £123m. Benfield Greig advised by Debevoise & Plimpton (Andrew Sommer) and Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill). EW Blanch advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Following the provisional liquidation of Daewoo in the UK, TWR Group acquires Daewoo’s technical centre […]

Ten faces of bcci

Peter Horrocks, Lovells Horrocks was the lead partner for Lovells acting for the liquidators from the moment the bank went down until his retirement in 1998. He was largely responsible for scooping the work for Lovells as he had worked closely with Deloitte & Touche previously, and he was the firm’s man in Abu Dhabi […]

Paul Rhodes quits Hammonds

The highly-rated head of Hammond Suddards Edge’s national insolvency and corporate recovery practice is retiring. Paul Rhodes, who is based in the firm’s Leeds office, has been head of the practice for two and a half years, since joining from arch rival DLA. He was managing partner of the then Dibb Lupton Broomhead between 1993 […]

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