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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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Bird & Bird has made up a dozen new partners in a return to 2009 promotion levels. Last year, just two lawyers were made up in the international firm’s 2011 round, both in the London office. Bird & Bird was the only one of the UK’s top law firms to record a drop from 2010 […]

Juror who skipped duty for Maltese holiday jailed for 56 days

A juror has been jailed for 56 days for going on holiday during a trial. Janet Chapman, from Blackpool, rang Preston Crown Court claiming to be suffering from sciatica when she was actually in Malta. She had been a jury member on the trial of a cash-in-transit robber being prosecuted by Ian Unsworth QC of […]

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Divorce: the blame game

No-fault divorces would help maintain the mediation-based approach lawyers have developed  Sir Nicholas Wall, president of the High Court Family Division, recently announced that in his opinion the time had come for ’no-fault’ divorce.Many specialist family lawyers will agree. The requirement to apportion blame is outdated and counter-productive in the setting of the overall […]

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Goodnight, ladies…

Three female barristers quit 3 Serjeants’ Inn The exit of three female barristers, including longstanding member Mary O’Rourke QC, from 3 Serjeants’ Inn has raised a few eyebrows at the Inns. O’Rourke, who was called to the bar in 1981, leaves the set for Old Square Chambers, which is also bringing in Guildhall Chambers’ personal […]

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