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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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Access to justice hampered by court inefficiencies

Inefficient administration in court offices is hampering access to justice, according to the findings of the latest Law Society survey. The sixth Woolf Questionnaire surveyed solicitors across the UK, asking about the effectiveness of civil justice reforms. Nearly four out of ten respondents said that inefficient administration in court offices has had an impact on […]

Withy King nabs Masons litigation partner

Former Masons partner Andrew Kearney has quit for Bath and Wiltshire firm Withy King Solicitors. Kearney was a litigation partner in Masons’ construction and engineering group. The number of partners at Withy King now stands at 25. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 29 October

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Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has fired the controversial head of its tax shelter practice for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the partnership agreement. The dismissed partner, RJ Ruble, was among the nation’s leading providers of opinion letters blessing tax shelters for corporations and wealthy individuals, some of whom have since sued the […]

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As controller of legal and compliance for Channel 4, arguably the UK’s most innovative television channel, Jan Tomalin is used to living life on the edge. Alex Wade reports Do it first, make trouble and inspire change” is not the kind of maxim adopted by many lawyers. Not in their professional lives, at least, where conservatism often […]

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