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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Jones Day bolsters Europe practices with five partners

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has boosted its Paris, Madrid and Belgian offices with the recruitment of five new partners. The firm’s Madrid office takes on two-partner competition practice G&J Abogados, while the Paris office is gaining two corporate partners from Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. Stibbe partners Oliver Edwards and Jean-Marc Franceschi will join the […]

Competition lawyers slam EC over BA-KLM merger failure

The European Commission (EC) is under attack from lawyers over its handling of the proposed merger between British Airways (BA) and KLM. The now defunct talks between the carriers, which would have resulted in a £5bn merger, fell through on 21 September following two and a half months of negotiations, after both sides failed to […]

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International Development Secretary Clare Short is fighting a Cabinet battle to have her reforms to end world poverty through overseas aid enshrined into law in the next session of Parliament. Her department is drafting the first international development act for over 20 years.

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When US firm Cravath Swaine & Moore billed Time Warner $35m for advising on its merger with AOL earlier this year, the envy over here was palpable. City firms might have balked at the risky contingency element that was part of that bill, but at the same time, many are increasingly chafing at time-based billing. […]

All the crime in the world

On 30 November 1998, Britain signed the Rome Statute, an international treaty that establishes a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague in The Netherlands. On 25 August 2000, the Government published its Draft International Criminal Court Bill, the legislation necessary to enable the UK to meet its obligations under the treaty, and to […]

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