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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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Irwin Mitchell considers Manchester office as part of North West strategy

Irwin Mitchell is planning to expand into the North West with a new Manchester office. The firm hopes to have a base open in the city by spring this year. However, it will be manned by existing Irwin Mitchell lawyers for the time being. Managing partner Howard Culley told The Lawyer: “We’re giving it consideration, having […]

Thompsons faces threat of strike action as staff reject two pay offers

Fee-earners and staff at trade union firm Thompsons are to vote on strike action after rejecting two pay offers from the firm. Thompsons had originally offered a 4 per cent wage increase, but a first ballot of GMB members, including solicitors, legal executives and administrative managers and staff, rejected the offer. A second ballot offering […]

Legal Widow

The rhythm of life slowed to a mournful tango during the last, dog days of the Christmas holidays, and to prevent him dying of boredom I forced the Lawyer to clear out the attic. I found myself with a pile of junk containing (among many, many other things) three wooden tennis rackets belonging to his […]

Slaughters partner transfers to the Takeover Panel

Slaughter and May corporate partner David Watkins has been seconded to the Takeover Panel to take up the role of assistant secretary. Watkins has replaced Selina Sagayam, who is set to return to Simmons & Simmons after serving out two years at the Takeover Panel. In the role, Watkins will work closely with the director […]

CC banking associates receive time off in lieu

Associates at Clifford Chance are being given days off in lieu as compensation for working into the early hours on deals. The initiative has been implemented by the firm’s banking practice and is not extended to associates across the rest of the firm. At a time when associates’ pay and conditions have been hitting the […]

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