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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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Chris Caisley asks, what future for referees after Smoldon?

Chris Caisley is head of commercial litigation and sports law at Walker Morris. The decision of Justice Curtis on 19 April 1996 in Smoldon v Nolan and Whitworth could have important consequences for amateur and professional contact sports even though the judge said his ruling would not extend to senior or professional matches. Ben Smoldon, […]

Look to the future

The speech given by outgoing Law Society secretary general John Hayes on the future of the legal profession neatly encapsulated the problems facing the profession. Addressing the European Policy Forum last Thursday, Hayes discussed the lack of confidence in the profession’s future direction, the search for scapegoats when things go wrong and, most importantly, lawyers’ […]

Look to the future or fail, urges Hayes

Outgoing Law Society secretary general John Hayes has warned that the current turmoil in the profession “is not revolution but the possible emergence of a flat earth law society”. In a lecture organised by the European Policy Forum last Thursday, Hayes admonished hostility to beneficial developments in the profession with a veiled attack on president […]

PACH clearing system gets thumbs up

The Bar’s clearing system for trainee barristers has received the seal of approval from chambers and law colleges throughout the country. Details of the workings of the scheme – the Pupillage Applications Clearing House (PACH) – were discussed at a meeting organised by the Bar Council on 23 April. The meeting, attended by representatives of […]

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