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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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Herbert Smith raids DWS for finance duo

Herbert Smith has swooped on Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) acquisition finance team and hired two of the firm’s remaining three leveraged specialists. Chris Fanner and Ian Yeo resigned from DWS last week, leaving new partner Catherine Astruc in charge of the group. Their departure dates are understood to be subject to negotiation. The move has underlined Herbert […]

AWG case delayed after Court orders judge change

The start of the trial over AWG’s £130m claim against Sir Fraser Morrison has been delayed after the Court of Appeal yesterday (5 December) ordered judge Mr Justice Evans-Lombe to recuse himself. The defendants had asked Evans-Lombe J to stand down from the case after it emerged that he is friends with an AWG witness. […]

199 Strand set to dissolve in February

199 Strand has become the largest-ever civil set to break up, citing the pressures of competition, consolidation and less litigation as causes. On Wednesday 30 November, the 40-member set agreed to dissolve on 28 February 2006, giving members time to find new homes. Business development director Martin Griffiths told The Lawyer: “What’s provoked this is that a […]

Turnover up 59 per cent at Watson Burton

Watson Burton has seen its half-year turnover rocket by 59 per cent. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (28 November), the North East firm, currently in the higher reaches of The Lawyer Rising 50, posted a six month-figure of £10.8m, up from £6.8m for the same period last year. If the firm’s fee income continues to […]

BLP converts to LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status. Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December). Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

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