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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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Australia set to unify defamation legislation

Australia could introduce uniform national defamation laws after the country’s eight states and territories agreed earlier this month to support the development of new legislation. The claim comes after the states and territories unanimously voiced their support of a model bill for the laws proposed by the New South Wales government at a meeting of […]

CC loses rainmaker as partner is picked for FSA chairman role

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed rated Clifford Chance investment funds partner Tim Herrington as the chairman of its Regulatory Decisions Committee, as revealed on www.thelawyer. com (19 November). The former chairman of the committee Christoper Fitzgerald, an ex-Slaughter and May partner, resigned following the ‘Plumber’ scandal, in which the entrepreneur Paul Davidson’s appeal against a […]

Mauritius gives green light to foreign law firm access plans

Global ambitions see foreign firms able to form joint ventures and partnerships with local players The government of Mauritius is finalising legislation that will allow foreign law firms to access the local market through joint ventures or partnerships with domestic firms. Ministers expect the reforms to come into force within the next six months. According to Attorney […]

Freshfields hedges bets with NY and London Olympic bids

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the firms advising London 2012 pro bono on the capital’s bid for the Olympics, has also donated over $50,000 (£27,000) in support of a rival bid by New York. Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Ashurst and Berwin Leighton Paisner are all working pro bono on London’s bid, but only the first three are named as “major partners”. […]

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