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By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

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By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Earlier this month about 100 in-house lawyers gathered in Versailles to discuss MDPs at the fifth annual conference of the European chapter of the influential American Corporate Counsel Association. They gave MDPs a cautious welcome. A more hostile response would have been understandable, given that many in-house lawyers originally practised at City-type firms, where opposition […]

In brief: Smith quits Manches as Birchams recruits

Manches & Co has lost Simon Smith, the head of its company and commercial department, to Westminster firm Bircham & Co. Smith was previously senior partner at Asshetons prior to its merger with Manches & Co in 1993. Matrimonial partner John Darnton has also joined Birchams from Margaret Bennett Solicitors.

Hirst beats De Wilde in Bar Council vice-chair election

Jonathan Hirst QC has been elected vice-chairman of the Bar Council, beating veteran campaigner for greater democracy at the Bar Robin De Wilde QC. Although the Bar Council has not released the voting figures, sources say Hirst won the poll “comfortably”. It was initially thought two other candidates would stand – Julian Malins QC and […]

Saving arbitration from litigation's costly fate

Richard Freeman says a new fixed-cost arbitration scheme will benefit lawyers. Richard Freeman is a forensic accountant and an arbitrator. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has launched an initiative known as the London Scheme Arbitration. The London Scheme allows arbitrators to tell parties in advance the maximum amount of costs which they will be able […]

Application – is it all in the mind?

Peter Weiss asks whether a new psychometric test for job applicants offers a fairer way of assessing candidates. Peter Weiss is a trainee solicitor at Nabarro Nathanson. IN An age that holds up psychology as the darling of social sciences, the use of psychometric testing is probably inevitable. Perhaps as predictable is the controversy that […]

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