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HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

Angola: The Mining Law Review

By João Afonso Fialho, Ângela Viana Angola is one of the greatest diamond producers in the world and has extensive reserves of valuable natural resources, notably diamonds, gold, iron ore, phosphates, copper, manganese, and many other mineral resources. Unfortunately, the civil war (1975–2002) had a tremendous impact on the mining industry, which was basically put […]

Benefits and perils of permanent health schemes in employment contracts

In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd[2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) To the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that “once the employee has become entitled to […]

Canadian securities regulators concern on problematic promotional activities by issuers

By Brett A. Kagetsu, Denis G. Silva A recent announcement by Canadian securities regulators demonstrates their growing concern with biased promotional materials, and highlights the risks to issuers when engaging with prospective investors. The regulators state that they are seeing promotional activities by issuers that are either untrue or unbalanced to such a degree that […]

Imprisonment fears allayed for arbitrators and experts involved in UAE-Seated arbitrations

By Courtney Rothery, Robyn Waller Imprisonment fears have been allayed for arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations following the latest amendments to Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code. THE PREVIOUS WORDING OF ARTICLE 257 OF THE UAE PENAL CODE In October 2016 arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations (who may or may not […]

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Financial crisis forces upturn in merger deals between isolationist Italian firms

Merger fever has gripped the Italian legal market as domestic firms join forces to weather the economic storm. This month Camozzi & Bonissoni Varrenti & Associati and Studio Associato LCA merged to form CBA Studio Legale e Tributario (CBA). The move will ­create a new entrant into the ­Italian market with a combined turnover of […]

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Wragge & Co has advised the Italian parent company of UK optician chain ­Dollond & Aitchison on the brand’s merger with Boots Opticians. The firm won the instruction on the back of a longstanding relationship its pensions team has with Birmingham-based Dollond & Aitchison, which is owned by De Rigo. Wragges corporate partner Jeremy Millington […]

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White & Case: PEP drops, London freezes salaries

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Kid gloves: Samina Afzal, NSPCC

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Lovells’ new Dubai head heralds rejig

Lovells’ decision to ­parachute London-based corporate partner Nick ­Parden into Dubai as joint office head is part of a ­strategic refocus of the firm’s Middle East presence. As revealed by TheLawyer.com last week (5 ­February), current Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed has resigned and will leave Lovells at the end of April. The firm has no […]

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