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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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In brief: Irvine sets Community Legal Service date

Lord Irvine has announced that proposals for a Community Legal Service will be finalised by the beginning of next year. The service is intended to co-ordinate provision given by grass-roots advice services such as Law Centres and the Citizens Advice Bureaux. The final detailed proposals will be the subject of a public consultation.

Montreal merger

Two of Montreal’s leading law firms – McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais – have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city’s largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm – McMaster Gervais – will take on Mackenzie Gervais’ membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin […]

Fayed pays Finers after visit from Sheriff

Mohammed Al Fayed has paid the £36,000 legal costs of West End firm, Finers, after the firm sent the Sheriff of London’s men to his house. Finers partner Philip Rubens, acting for Emanouel Antiques got Al Fayed’s six-year-old civil damages claim against the dealer struck out in the Court of Appeal last August and Fayed […]

Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a “watershed” for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers. In Thursday’s judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to […]

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