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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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Mr Justice Lightman’s speech to the Chancery Bar Association earlier this month has certainly stirred up something of a hornet’s nest. His comments on the education of young barristers in particular have provoked fury among those many lawyers who have trained via the Common Professional Examination route. Judge Lightman asks how such an education could […]

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Non-practising barristers call for end to advocacy ban

Non-practising barristers last Saturday called on the Bar Council to reverse a “farcical” rule change which bans them from acting as advocates. The alteration to paragraph 212 of the Bar’s code of conduct came into effect on 1 June and removes rights of audience from any barrister not in independent practice or working in-house. The […]

In brief: Priority to be given to partnerships Bill

The leader of the House of Commons, Ann Taylor MP, has announced that a new bill on limited liability partnerships is to be given priority. The draft bill will also be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by select committee and consultation with outside organisations.

Law centres rap Govt plans for funding community legal service

New Labour’s plan to use savings from legal aid for its much-heralded nationwide community legal service has been attacked by the law centres bidding to be at the core of the new service. Delivering a speech at the Law Centres Federation (LCF) annual reception for MPs at the House of Commons last week, LCF chairman […]

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