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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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Butler-Sloss gives AWB her seal of approval

AN UPBEAT verdict has been pronounced by the UK’s leading woman judge on the progress made by the Bar’s women’s group since it was founded five years ago. Appeal Court judge Lady Justice Butler-Sloss was one of the guests at the Association of Women Barristers’ fifth anniversary celebrations held last month. She told the group […]

Time to stop dealing behind closed doors at the IGC

Uncertainty about the agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference may decrease public support for the EU, says Rose D’Sa Secrecy is a common, perhaps indispensable, phenomenon of inter-governmental negotiations. Yet the lack of a clear, published agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Turin is particularly odd when viewed in the context of one of its […]

Top Canadian firms withdraw from partnership

LEADING Canadian firms Olgivy Renault and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt (OHH) are demerging their international partnership, Osler Renault. The two firms, which practise separately in Canada, established a joint international venture in 1989, establishing Osler Renault offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. OHH partner in London David Drinkwater said the demerger followed Olgivy Renault’s […]

In brief: Halliwell Landau clinches magazine sale

Manchester firm Halliwell Landau assisted in the sale of The New Statesman magazine, following the High Court clearing the way for transactions to proceed. The deal will transfer the publication’s assets and liabilities to new owner, Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson. It was sanctioned by Mr Justice Harman in the Companies Court. The sale follows the […]

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