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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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Olswang’s PEP rises 38 per cent after ‘draconian’ approach to spending

Olswang has posted a 38 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year, bringing the total to £420,000. At the same time the firm’s turnover rose marginally, up 2 per cent from £89.2m to £91m. The firm’s chief executive David Stewart said the significant increase had been the […]

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Simmons to open Beijing head office

Simmons & Simmons is to reorganise its China practice, with plans to open a Beijing office that will ­operate as a national hub. The firm’s partnership recently voted to open an office in the Chinese capital. Managing partner Mark Dawkins told The Lawyer that the firm had “advanced plans” to launch there. “We want to develop Beijing as […]

Equality time

Despite the fact that equality of pay for men and women was enshrined in law 35 years ago, it’s still a long way from being a reality. Richard Leiper asks whether we have any reason to be optimistic for the future Equal pay has hit the headlines. Following a judgment on liability against Birmingham City Council, it has been […]

TW fills gap with new head of telecoms

Taylor Wessing has named Alcatel-Lucent corporate counsel Patrick Clark as its new head of telecoms, replacing Ted Mercer who joined Edwin Coe earlier this year. Clark is rejoining the City firm following a five-year hiatus at the French ­telecoms giant. He trained at the firm before moving up to senior associate over the course of a 10-year career. Clark, who […]

Trio of firms close £370m West Midlands schools PFI

Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and White & Case have helped close a schools PFI project in the West Midlands. The firms acted on the first stage of the £370m ­Wolverhampton City ­Council Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. The scheme involves modernisation of buildings, ICT and facilities for the 26 schools that educate secondary […]

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