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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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Boyds appoints managing director

Boyds has become the first Scottish firm to appoint a managing director. Martin Street (right), who has taken up the post, will be responsible for the business strategy of the firm. Street is a non-lawyer with a background in marketing. He will have a decision-making role above that of the partnership, unlike most chief executive […]

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Lloyd’s of London Names are a dying breed at the oldest insurance market in the world. Down from 35,000 to just 2,490 unlimited liability Names today, individual investors are regarded as an anachronistic throwback needing to be helped into extinction by reform-hungry corporate investors.Sax Riley, the chairman of Lloyd’s, has called for members to vote […]

Legal Widow

All those cute little start-up ideas – ‘Specialist practice in natty two-room office with espresso machine’; ‘lone wolf consultancy run from the back of a laptop’ – are falling to the ground like leaves in autumn The hatches are being battened down all over the profession. All those cute little start-up ideas – ‘Specialist practice […]

Independence daze

As the UK prepares to remove Government ministers from competition decisions, Jeremy Robinson and Carol Swaffer ask: how independent is an independent regulator? Followers of UK competition law will by now be familiar with the heralded withdrawal of UK Government ministers from active involvement in the merger control process. The Secretary of State does not […]

CC brings NY firm to book over debt

Clifford Chance is making an aggressive attempt to recover £41,000 in unpaid fees by suing a New York boutique that liaised with the magic circle firm on behalf of a client that subsequently went bankrupt

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