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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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Halifax web bank takes on director

Intelligent Finance, Halifax’s spin-off telephone and internet bank, which is based in Edinburgh, has appointed Roddy Garden as director of legal and compliance. Garden formerly headed the bank’s legal team and his new position reflects the increased regulatory compliance work undertaken by financial institutions.He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the executive team at Intelligent […]

Watson Burton boosts private client

Watson Burton has merged with private client practice Kris Andersen, bolstering its capability in this practice area. Kris Andersen, who left Eversheds two years ago to form his own private client specialist firm, has joined Watson Burton as a partner and will head the new group.Andersen said: “I’ve enjoyed the freedom of practising on my […]

Home Office senior lawyer joins Liberty

Human rights organisation Liberty has lured Shami Chakrabarti from the Home Office to a newly-created role as in-house counsel for its legal department. She will take up her new position in the autumn.Chakrabarti said: “I was fortunate enough to work in the Home Office at an interesting and important time for human rights, and look […]

Law Society ditches equal opportunities committee

As Bahl wins discrimination case, committee is dropped to save cash The Law Society, which was last week found guilty of sexual and racial discrimination against former vice-president Kamlesh Bahl, intends to abolish its equal opportunities committee.Last Thursday (5 July), an employment tribunal in Watford found that Bahl was racially and sexually discriminated against by […]

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