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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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Parker is City's first female senior partner

CITY firm Withers has elected the head of its family law department, Diana Parker, as its new senior partner. Parker, 40, is believed to be the youngest senior partner of any firm in the Top 100. She is also thought to be the first female senior partner of a City firm, although there are already […]

Call for 'task force' to aid stressed out solicitors

A solicitor, who admitted to a disciplinary tribunal last week that he failed to pay bills because he was “overwhelmed by his workload”, has called for a “task force” to help stressed out solicitors. Anthony Thipthorpe, who was based in Southend-on-Sea, admitted that in 1996 he failed to pay #6,500 counsel’s fees and ignored subsequent […]

Law's creaking conveyor belt

Are law schools churning out incomplete legal drones who are not fully prepared for the real legal world? Matheu Swallow gauges the opinions of firms, students and the law schools. The second year of the reformed Legal Practice Course (LPC) has just got under way, but questions remain as to whether it will produce the […]

Bakers furious at 'outrageous' claim on Almaty walkout

The founding partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Kazakhstan office has left to set up a new practice amid a bitter war of words with his old firm. Michael Wilson is taking seven other fee earners with him to his new corporate finance and projects firm Michael Wilson & Partners. He told The Lawyer that he […]

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