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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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Praise for LHCs

The benefits of Local Housing Companies (LHCs) still outweigh the alternatives, according to local government specialist Simon Randall. Randall, a partner at Lawrence Graham, said LHCs provide the perfect vehicle to regenerate urban housing under the Labour government’s planned £5bn release of unspent cash from homes sold under the right to buy scheme. The Government […]

Sussex to appeal for right to decide on home tuition

East Sussex County Council is to appeal against a High Court decision that has prevented cash-strapped local authorities from cutting an estimated 150,000 children’s home tuition. In April Mr Justice Keene ruled that the council’s need to make budget savings could not be taken into account in deciding to cut 15-year-old Beth Tandy’s home tuition […]

Advice on Asia

Ex-Freshfields Bangkok lawyer David Took has set up an independent consultancy for projects in South East Asia. Took, who qualified in Australia, is still working for Freshfields on privatisation and infrastructure projects. The Australian-qualified lawyer is looking to attract business from law firms and corporate counsel in all types of infrastructure projects.

Eagle Star looks in-house to cut legal bills up North

Insurance giant Eagle Star is considering opening an in-house insurance litigation team in Manchester to cut its legal bills in the north west. The company, which is a major supplier of legal work to firms in the region, says the move has been prompted by concerns over its “claims and litigation costs” in the area. […]

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