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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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OSS failures shame the legal profession

THE OFFICE for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) was in the firing line yet again last week, after being ordered to pay u1,000 compensation for poor complaints handling. Legal Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham’s ruling highlighted how the OSS had failed at the most basic level to reply to the complainants letters and phone calls. Sadly, […]

Fatcat:Tackling the lure of the top five

Senior partners of the top five staunchly defend themselves against accusations that they are poaching key players from the firms in the tier below them. “Partners are ruddy well queueing round the block to get in. We’re having to turn them away,” scoffed one senior partner recently after a rather heavy dinner – unattributable, of […]

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Alan Steinfield QC 24 Old Buildings Called to the Bar: 1968 Appointed QC: 1987 Professional achievements/associations: Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queen’s Bench Division) since 1994; bencher, Lincoln’s Inn; member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Insolvency Lawyers Association and the Pension Lawyers Association. Areas of practice: Contract; company; insolvency; partnership; pensions; property law; […]

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