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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

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 […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

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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Midlands-based Wright Hassall is the latest firm to be granted an ABS licence, as the number of organisations moving away from traditional legal services structures continues to grow. The firm was granted its licence on 5 March. It is one of a number of organisations to have joined the ABS register this year, including BT […]

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Ashurst and Pinsent Masons have won key roles advising on a buyout that sees supermarket giant Tesco acquire restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6m. Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto took the lead for Tesco, which has bought a 100 per cent stake in Giraffe, with group general counsel Adrian Morris confirming that the firm is a […]

Simmons & Simmons expands Amsterdam intellectual property team

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Hidde Koenraad as a partner in its intellectual property (IP) team in Amsterdam. Koenraad joins from Dutch IP boutique firm Vondst Advocaten and is recognised as a leader lawyer in the field of ‘soft’ IP. He is experienced in advising and litigating on IP law, including trademark, design and copyright […]

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Boutique boom

The rise of the litigation boutique has been one of the key features of the profession in the post-2008 disputes boom. Fed up of being the poor relation in major firms, several litigators have taken the plunge and gone it alone with their own shop. Former Addleshaw Goddard partner Simon Twigden was among the first. […]

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