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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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New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the […]

South African bank buys up leading local law firm

Top South African law firm Edward Nathan & Friedland has turned its back on plans to merge with a UK law firm, and has instead sold its leading commercial practice to an investment bank. Edward Nathan is understood to have talked to Linklaters and Clifford Chance before opting for the £40m deal with investment bank […]

Herbert Smith and Simmons join deals elite

Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons have joined the top 10 firms working on M&A deals in the UK, pushing out Australian firms Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison, according to figures published by Thomson Financial Securities Data. For the third quarter (Q3) ending 30 September 1999, Herbert Smith ranks ninth – with nearly £8bn worth […]

Rowe & Maw team wins China contract

Rowe & Maw has won its first case for the firm’s newly-established international regulation team. It is advising a consortium of more than 28 Chinese coke exporters, including Tianjin General Nice Coke & Chemicals company, one of the country’s biggest coke exporters. The combined group accounts for about half of the 300,000 tonnes of coke […]

NatWest subsidiary loses head of legal

Natwest’s subsidiary Global Financial Markets is losing its head of legal to Freshfields. Christopher Georgiou, head of the legal department at Global Financial Markets, is joining Freshfields as a senior associate in the firm’s structured finance department. Simon Hall, head of the financial department at Freshfields, says: “We are pleased to have attracted someone so […]

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