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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, […]

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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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SNR Denton and Salans prepare for September merger vote

Salans and SNR Denton have reached the advanced stages of negotiating a £760m merger, with the two partnerships gearing up to approve the deal in a vote next month. Management figures at the firms are planning to put the proposals to partners for a September poll, over six months after the European and US duo […]

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Like London buses, you wait ages for one major ABS approval and then two come along at once. That said, neither Irwin Mitchellnor Parabis have been stuck on the hard shoulder during the process. With turnover rises and structural tweaks clearing the road for a smooth journey into the future of legal services, both firms […]

Ex-A&O partner rearrested on child pornography charges

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Edward De Sear has been arrested for a second time on child pornography offences. De Sear, who worked in A&O’s capital markets group in New York, was arrested on Thursday 23 August and indicted on additional charges of collecting and distributing images of child pornography, according to reports on […]

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