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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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Litigation Writs 10/5/99

A doctor who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in January 1994 is facing a High Court compensation claim. The action has been launched by three survivors of the accident, in which one person died. Keith Wells, Michelle Thorpe and Kieran Thorpe, suing through his mother Michelle Thorpe, have issued a writ against […]

DAC culls Manchester property arm

Davies Arnold Cooper is continuing to strip back its Manchester office by closing its property department. The closure comes just two months after the firm’s entire construction team left to join Hammond Suddards. (The Lawyer, 15 March). At the time of the departures Phil Jepson, managing partner at Davies Arnold Cooper’s Manchester office, said construction, […]

Manches drops '& Co' for slimline look

First cameron mcKenna fiddled with its capitals, then edge ellison dropped its (capital) e’s. Now Manches & Co is taking the bold step of modernising its image by dropping the ‘& Co’ from its name. The firm will now be known simply as Manches. Alasdair Simpson, Manches’ senior partner, says: “It is complementary to a […]

In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US firm, has appointed Professor Abram Chayes, former legal adviser to the Kennedy administration, as international counsel based at its Boston office. Harvard law professor Chayes was an adviser during the Cuban missile crisis and represented Nicaragua against the US in the World Court over the Reagan administration’s support for […]

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