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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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Party loyalties influence judgement

THE HIGH Court ruling on 16 February to uphold the decision to reject plans to modify Liverpool Football Club stadium has highlighted the issue that party loyalties should not play a decisive role in decisions relating to planning matters. The case, R v Local Commissioner for Administration in North and North East England ex parte […]

Councils failing their tenants

Your 18 January edition carried an article, “A system in disrepair” in which various council chiefs and lawyers complained that solicitors specialising in tenant housing disrepair work enable their clients to unfairly jump the repairs queue. Our local newspaper recently reported the case of a tenant who has had to live in sub-standard housing for […]

Law will spark case work flood

A FLOOD of work is predicted for employment lawyers, tribunals and courts as the Fairness at Work Bill passes into law. David Widdowson, head of employment law at Bevan Ashford, says the increase in compensation for unfair dismissal from £12,000 to £50,000 would mean many more claims, especially from emplo yees at “the top end […]

Insolvency boost for Pannones

Manchester-based Pannone & Partners is boosting its insolvency department with two new partners. Although Pannone’s managing partner, Joy Kingsley, admits: “I could lie and say we went out looking for insolvency partners but we didn’t. However, we are very pleased with both of them.” Alex Megaw is joining from the Manchester office of Davies Wallis […]

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