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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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Laporte panel uncertain after Degussa takeover

Chemical company Laporte is cutting its in-house legal department as its future relationship with its panel firms hangs in the balance following its takeover by Degussa-Hüls. Dan Toner, one of two UK lawyers, is leaving the in-house team in March as the company reaches the final stages of the takeover by the German company, leaving […]

Employment exchange

Simmons head of employment Janet Gaymer is tipped to be the firm’s next senior partner. But does she have enough energy to take on the role? Janet Gaymer – the head of employment at Simmons & Simmons who is widely tipped to take over from senior partner Bill Knight when he retires – is exhausting. […]

ABN Amro shake-up sees panel come under review

ABN Amro is shaking up its legal panel as part of a huge global rationalisation and reorganisation drive. The in-house legal department wants to reduce legal fees throughout its operations and has already begun conducting informal interviews with each of its firms. The move coincides with the arrival of Laurie Adams, the highly-respected former general […]

Resolve to evolve

People who call for revolution are often in the minority and are easily dismissed by the majority, who are comfortable with the status quo. But when the status quo is less profitable, less efficient and denies opportunity, those who call for revolution may not be in the minority for long. It is probable that during […]

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