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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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Will the law really protect our rights?

John Wadham considers the Government’s commitment to human rights and compares Canada and New Zealand’s methods of incorporating human rights into domestic law. John Wadham is director of civil liberties group Liberty. The Government’s proposal to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights is of constitutional significance. For the first time the right to privacy, […]

Law Soc seeks OFT fees probe

The Law Society is to ask the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to consider if the three law firms involved in Hambro Countrywide’s in-house conveyancing service are acting in an anti-competitive manner by jointly offering a flat fee of £350. The society said it was not reporting Eversheds, Shoosmith & Harrison and Middlesex firm EDC […]

Morgan Lewis & Bockius brings English partner number four into London office

US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has continued with its “planned expansion in London” by recruiting its first commercial property partner, Step- hen Turner, who has left London firm Lawrence Graham where he was a partner. Turner, who also works on environmental matters, joins the firm as an an international partner. He will be the […]

In brief: Veale Wasbrough plans all-week service

Bristol law firm Veale Wasbrough has launched a seven day a week residential conveyancing service. The service, called Convey Direct, will open for 12 hours from 8am on week days as well as from 10am to 4pm at the weekend. The phone-based system will be manned by 25 staff working on a shift basis. The […]

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