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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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Dutch M&A heavyweight Stibbe is to restructure its intellectual property (IP) department following the departure of two of its partners, Jan Brinkhof and Kurt Stöpetie.The pair are leaving Stibbe along with two assistants to set up their own technology and pharmaceutical law boutique on 1 January. The departures will leave Stibbe with five fee-earners in […]

Commitment to diversity bags Reed Smith top Sara Lee place

Sara Lee Corporation has promoted US firm Reed Smith to the top tier of its panel, due in part to the firm’s commitment to promoting racial and sexual diversity. Sara Lee, which manufactures a broad range of underwear lines such as Wonderbra and Playtex, as well as food and household products, has moved into the […]

Law Soc faces £1m fine for complaints blunders

The Law Society could be fined £1m if it delivers another “inadequate” plan for complaints-handling. Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor last week said the society’s original plan contains “fundamental weaknesses” and has asked for a revised version by 6 December. Manzoor has the power to levy a fine of up to £1m if the […]

French govt looks to Herbert Smith for Snecma sale advice

Herbert Smith has scored a first-time instruction from the French government to advise on a unique privatisation. A team from the firm’s Paris office, led by corporate partner Frédéric Grillier and consultant Anne Maréchal, has been working on the disposal of state-owned Snecma to French public company Sagem. It is the first time Herbert Smith has advised the French state. […]

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