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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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A STUDENT essay competition run by an anti-abortion lawyers group is to receive the Law Society president’s endorsement. Martin Mears has promised to give his public support to the annual competition run by the Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn. But he has pledged not to turn the highly controversial anti-abortion issue […]

Manchester firm turns on to £100,000 system

Manchester law firm Betesh Fox & Co has switched on its recently installed £100,000 computer system. The system, put in place by Solicitec Legal Systems, is a comprehensive case management system based on a database, diary system and volumes of precedent documents tailored for Betesh’s main personal injury and medical negligence departments. The system will […]

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Helen Sage reports An employment law CD-ROM, combining statutes, court judgments and expert commentary is the latest legal database to be launched by Tolley Publishing and Income Data Services. Employment Law Link comprises 2,700 case reports with commentary and the full text of UK and EC employment law legislation, regulations and codes of practice. The […]

Secretaries' association takes on a new name

Cyril Dixon reports THE PROFESSIONAL body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members. The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at the annual meeting in Bristol last month. Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the […]

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