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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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The Commercial Court is under constant attack. Jon Robins asks whether the critics have been too quick to see only the bad side “Totally antiquated and rather shabby”, “third world” and “a public disgrace” are just some of the harsh – but fair – phrases bandied about by lawyers concerning the Commercial Court over the […]

BA names new legal director

BA has named Stephen Walsh’s replacement within its legal department Maria Da Cunha is already a lawyer with BA and will take over as legal director on 1 April. Her ambit includes responsibility for external legal advisers.Da Cunha trained as a barrister but later joined Lovells as a corporate lawyer. She left for Lloyd’s of […]

Addleshaws appoints new national head of banking

Addleshaw Booth & Co has elevated Richard Papworth to national head of banking The appointment follows the departure of Mark Chidley as director of group legal services to the Royal Bank of Scotland (The Lawyer, 4 March).Papworth, a banking partner at Addleshaws in Leeds since 1995, will assume the role once Chidley leaves on 30 […]

In-houser up for Law Society president

The Law Society could have an in-house lawyer as president for the first time In-house lawyer Paul Gilbert (left), who works at Law Book Consulting has been nominated for the post of deputy vice president. If he gets the job, he will ultimately become deputy vice president and then president of the society under its […]

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