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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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Addleshaw Booth & Co has pinned its hopes for private equity in London on Simon Pilling – regardless of Theodore Goddard. By Catrin Griffiths So there I am, in Addleshaw Booth & Co’s London reception, idly leafing through a few limp brochures and waiting for partner Simon Pilling. Pilling is going to tell me all […]

EU mulls safeguards for defendants

Lawyers are being asked to comment on whether the European Union (EU) should agree a set of common safeguards for the treatment of defendants or suspects facing court proceedings in any member state.

Multimillion pound Hale and Dorr sues secretary for £750

Hale and Dorr, which reported turnover of $297m (£185.2m) in 2001, has launched an astonishing lawsuit against a former secretary, demanding the repayment of £750. The Lawyer can reveal that the Oxford office of the firm, formerly known as Brobeck Hale and Dorr, has served papers on a former employee after she was mistakenly overpaid. […]

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Last week The Lawyer reported on Russell Jones & Walker’s shock decision to acquire Claims Direct, the claims management company dubbed ‘Shames Direct’ by the press following complaints from customers over the size of payouts. Russell Jones, the second-largest personal injury firm in the country, has bought Claims Direct’s brand name, call centre technology, website […]

The view from here

The path to Bristol is a path well trodden for London lawyers. It attracts more legal refugees from the City than other regional legal centres such as Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester, despite its smaller size. All the larger firms have gaggles of ex-London lawyers who have swapped the gold-paved streets of EC1 for the tree-lined […]

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