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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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China brings in its foreign firms rules

China has announced the conditions it intends to apply to the establishment of foreign firms in preparation for negotiations on its accession to the World Trade Organisation. The conditions include allowing as many as 80 foreign firms to establish in 19 named Chinese cities. The offices will have to be headed by lawyers with more […]

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SIF and its mistakes

Like the Government, the Solicitors Indemnity Fund has abandoned the concept of accepting outright blame when things go wrong. A shortfall of £248m paints a picture of solicitors’ negligence and fraud, says the SIF. Clients are becoming more demanding in claiming compensation when they come across mistakes by their lawyers. The SIF is right to […]

Alison Laferla reports from The Lawyer's Ninth Annual Conference on Information Systems

Lawyers should seize the opportunity to provide legal information on the World Wide Web or they will lose out to the competition, legal IT expert Richard Susskind has warned. Susskind, a special adviser to Masons and author of the Future of Law, was speaking at The Lawyer’s ninth annual conference on information systems for the […]

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