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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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Davies Arnold Cooper is putting potential new partners through rigorous psychological tests to see if they are up to the job. The firm’s managing director, Nick Sinfield, admits he cannot be certain of spotting partners of the future. Instead candidates are subjected to days of extensive psychological testing to see if they have the right […]

Barristers' pay is more than enough

Your article “Barristers fight solicitors for share of a shrinking market” (The Lawyer, 21 June) suggests barristers can compete effectively on price by charging a “very low rate” of #50 per hour, and that their overheads are around 25 per cent of earnings. Let’s do some calculations on this. Suppose these barristers work for 30 […]

This week

Watch out for the answer to the question on the tip of every legal expert’s tongue – was Mick Jagger’s marriage ceremony with Jerry Hall on the island of Bali a proper wedding? A High Court judge is due to give his opinion on the matter this week.

False bills of lading sink shipping trio

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal against damages awarded in a shipping case centring on falsely dated bills of lading. The Court of Appeal is to rule on a case of major importance in shipping circles. The case centres on what Mr Justice Cresswell described in the High Court decision being challenged as the “cancer” […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

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