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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Herbert Smith has increased pay bands for newly qualified (NQ) solicitors and trainees while keeping most associate pay bands at last year’s levels. The firm has upped its pay for NQs from £60,000 to £61,000 while pay levels for first and second year trainees have risen by £500 to £38,000 and £43,000 respectively. The band […]

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Bircham Dyson Bell residential and leasehold reform head John Stephenson has taken over as the firm’s senior partner from today. Stephenson succeeds Ian McCulloch for a three-year term after an uncontested election. McCulloch decided to step down from the position after 13 years in the role and will return to full-time fee-earning. Stephenson commented: “I’m […]

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Hands across the CIS

The CIS would seem to provide the perfect opportunity for Russian and Ukrainian firms to open offices across the region. Here James Swift examines the reasons why, with the exception of Magisters, this has not happened The CIS countries are a ­dysfunctional family of states. The explosion of violence in Ukraine’s parliament in April when the government announced it would extend a lease in the Black Sea to […]

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Civil service pay: The public sector lawyers who earn more than PM

A number of high-profile lawyers on the public payroll are among the 172 civil servants who earn more than the Prime Minister, David Cameron. David Green QC, the director of the revenues and customs division at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), earns between £210,000 and £214,999 – £70,000 more than David Cameron’s annual salary of […]

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