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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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Open the doors over judicial appointment

The Home Affairs Select Committee has given a resounding vote of confidence to the status quo in its report Judicial Appointments Procedures. It states boldly that there is no need for large scale change in the procedures for appointing professional judges and lay magistrates. It is not the procedures themselves but the restrictive scope within […]

'Generous' US counsel wins prize

THE US lawyer who supplied documents crucial to UK compensation claims for asbestos-related diseases has received a Freedom of Information Award. Michael O’Connor, a vice-president and senior lawyer of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, was presented with his award by Labour leader Tony Blair last week. It was given in recognition of his […]

Repetition, not deviation

The piece about my appearance in the Court of Appeal (‘First for sole advocate in civil appeal’, The Lawyer 26 March) is inaccurate. It alleges I claimed to be the first solicitor advocate to have acted as a sole advocate in the civil division of the Court of Appeal. It then quotes Paul Hampton as […]

In brief: Competition law reform paper welcomed

Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman has welcomed the Government’s Green Paper on competition law reform, saying legislation on cartels was the “most deficient part of the UK’s competition laws”. The consultation paper, Tackling cartels and the abuse of market power: implementing the Government’s policy for competition law reform, was issued by the Department […]

In brief: Judges criticised after landmark ruling

English judges have come under attack for valuing property rights before human rights after the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that upheld journalists’ rights to protect their sources. The criticism has come from Geoffrey Robertson QC, who defended Bill Goodwin, a journalist with The Engineer, who was fined £5,000 for protecting a source. “This […]

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