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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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McCreesh v Courtaulds – 24 April 1997 Incident: Injury at work Appeal issue: Contributory negligence Appeal contentions: Plaintiff’s appeal from order of Rix J Queen’s Bench Division, Oldham District Registry, 6 March 1996, entering judgment for defendant in respect of injuries suffered as result of saw blade allegedly left unguarded. As the plaintiff attempted to […]

In brief: Blanks takes legal director role at Cadbury's

Former Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages legal director and company secretary Hester Blanks has been appointed legal director for the Cadbury Schweppes group. Blanks will be based in Watford and will be responsible for the Africa, India, Middle East and Europe divisions.

Bar-wide elections proposed

PLANS to open up the election of the Bar Council chair to all barristers and provide a minimum salary for pupils and young tenants are among a raft of motions before this Saturday’s Bar Council AGM. The Bar Council leadership has indicated it will oppose the call for Bar-wide elections for the chair and other […]

The road to recovery

While practices found 1993 the bleakest year of the decade, with a 20 per cent fall in profits and typical profit per partner dropping from 1991’s £100,000 to £72,000, 1994 looked more promising. Commercial property lawyers were in demand, and although a number of City firms, including Titmuss Sainer Dechert and Denton Hall, cut staff, […]

In brief: Scott warns of delay in instigating Woolf

Implementation of reforms outlined in the Woolf report may miss the October 1998 deadline, according to Sir Richard Scott, vice-chancellor and head of civil justice. Speaking alongside Lord Woolf at last Friday’s Woolf Conference, organised by the College of Law, Scott said: “If we miss the deadline, we will try to miss it by as […]

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