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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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Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

Alliance & Leicester set to review outside panel

The Alliance & Leicester is the latest bank to review its panel of outside legal advisers. The panel at present is understood to contain Freshfields, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May, Taylor Joynson Garrett, DLA and Hammond Suddards. Clifford Chance has also carried out work for the bank in the past. Kathrine Hughes, head […]

Ex-Watsons partner in shipping bid

A former Watson Farley & Williams partner is taking on some of the largest shipping firms by setting up his own niche practice. Paul Rodgers has set up Rodgers and Co as a litigation-only boutique operation specialising in shipping and international trade disputes. The practice, based in the London offices of Den Norske Bank, will […]

Clifford Chance now world’s biggest law firm after adding 72 partners…

Clifford Chance‘s international offices are being bolstered by a record number of partnership promotions. The global giant has appointed 72 new partners, 39 more than last year. It now has 630 partners, making it the largest law firm in the world. Clifford Chance’s nearest rival, Baker & McKenzie, has 582 partners. Its internal promotions are […]

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