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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: Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the French inter-national firm, has poached an international litigation team from its Parisian rivals Jeantet & Associes. Partner Bruno Leurent is taking colleagues Nathalie Meyer-Fabre and Marina Legrand with him. Leurent is currently acting as chairman on a panel of Commissioners at the UN Claim Commission in Geneva which is deciding […]

Balfour-Lynn's rise heralds revamp at Peters & Peters

The appointment of Julia Balfour-Lynn as managing partner of Peters & Peters represents the first stage of a firm-wide restructuring at the business crime specialists. Balfour-Lynn says the firm is planning a revamp of its partnership structure and significant growth in its regulatory and commercial litigation departments. Balfour-Lynn takes over single-handedly on 1 May when […]

Pension fund watchdog investigates Eversheds

Eversheds is being investigated by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for failing to make payments into its staff pension scheme. The criminal investigation could, in theory, land Eversheds in court, with the prospect of unlimited fines and two years’ imprisonment for those responsible. A spokeswoman for Opra says this is the first time a […]

Merging firms put lawyers at risk

Lawyers who face a conflict of interest because their firm is merging may be forced to leave newly combined firms, following a High Court ruling. The High Court has reinforced the principle that clients’ interests are paramount when a potential conflict of interest arises in mergers. A group of Lloyd’s Names tried to stop the […]

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Sainsbury’s has built its reputation on being a wholesome family-run company. But this year will be the first that a family member is not head of the company, following chairman Lord Sainsbury of Turville’s handover to non-executive chairman Sir George Bull. Sainsbury’s year so far has been characterised by change. Hundreds of its staff face […]

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