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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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Spain’s Ramón & Cajal bulks up to align with alliance partner MBRM

Spanish firm Ramón & Cajal Abogados has boosted its corporate, litigation and labour law practices to help service its new alliance with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM). MBRM entered a strategic alliance with Ramón in February this year. The US firm also has an alliance with Rome-based Tonucci & Partners. Ramón has lured Jose […]

DAC reports underwhelming PEP growth

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) nudge up by just 4 per cent this year, an indication that the downturn in legal action continues to hit the litigation-focused firm. The firm’s PEP comes in at £345,000, up from £333,000, while turnover increased by 5 per cent to £32m. Net […]

Trainees get their way

You might think that when you join a law firm you’re the smallest cog in a very large machine. But trainees have a bit more of a voice than you might think. Look at what’s just happened at national firm Addleshaw Goddard. As all the big City names like Clifford Chance and Linklaters were announcing […]

How to upset 36,000 lawyers at a stroke

There are cock-ups and there are cock-ups. And then, there are cock-ups that overcharge 36,000 lawyers. See story. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, which only launched in January, has done its utmost to win friends and influence the profession since its inception. But it pulled off a masterstroke when it charged 36,000 solicitors too much on […]

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