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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 23/01/96

Directions where action transferred from High Court Tarry v Humberclyde Finance and KF Kirby (Harboro) (Third Party) and JI Case (Europe) (Fourth Party) (1996). CA (Sir Thomas Bingham MR, Waite LJ and Otton LJ) 12/1/96. Summary: Automatic directions in the county court do not apply to an action which was commenced in the High Court […]

IBA chair rules out vision of united Euro legal profession

EUROPE will never see a united legal profession and will retain local Bar associations, says the president of the International Bar Association. Professor Ross Harper, addressing the Barcelona Bar Association last week about the future of a “Bar for Europe”, acknowledged the chance of common commercial law but stressed the importance of keeping domestic and […]

Masons IT head chairs conference

The Lawyer eighth annual information systems conference takes place on 27 and 28 February at the London Marriott Hotel. The conference is being chaired by Martin Telfer, director of IT at Masons, and is sponsored by Novell and Axxia Systems. Day one of the conference will focus on internal management issues, systems implementation and the […]

DEC support service aims to cut costs for small firms

Helen Sage reports A survey commissioned by computer giant Digital Equipment has discovered that the average PC user encounters around 17 computer problems each month. Assuming each problem takes one hour to solve, the average user in the legal profession is spending two-and-a-half days per month fixing computer problems, the equivalent to approximately £1.5 billion […]

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