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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has abandoned plans to pull out of Vietnam. The magic circle firm had earmarked the closure of its Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices as part of a major review of Asia. Although the offices are profitable, they were thought to be vulnerable because the Mekong Delta is not key to […]

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Twelve months ago in Liverpool, a new kind of niche firm was born. Sue Mawdsley and Frank Maher left Weightman Vizards to set up a risk management consultancy called Legal Risk. They claim its principal aim is to save its clients money. “Our main focus is on helping firms save more than they spend. We […]

Local authorities shun QCs on airport expansion cases

Seven local authorities have decided against instructing QCs for their forthcoming fight over government plans for airport expansion in the South East. It has been customary until now for all parties in litigation of this scale – involving three judicial reviews by two consortiums of local authorities of the Government’s white paper on airport expansion […]

Abbey instigates wholesale reshuffle of advisers

Abbey National is pursuing a radical overhaul of its legal function despite the fact that the bank is the subject of an £8.75bn takeover by Banco Santander and is facing rival bids from other UK banks. The bank is tackling both its external advisers and its in-house legal function. Abbey has asked all its firms […]

Irish ministers delay reductions in barristers’ tribunal fees

Barristers’ fees in five Irish tribunals will remain static for at least another three months, despite July’s announcement that costs would immediately be slashed by two-thirds. The Republic of Ireland’s former finance minister cut barristers’ daily tribunal rates from €2,500 (£1,700) to €969 (£660) because of the tax burden they impose. However, ministers have decided […]

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