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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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Will some things never change?

The profession is modernising fast. Often reluctantly, sometimes resignedly, management, conditions, practices and reward structures are being dragged into the 21st Century. But there are still pockets of esoteric legal rituals and practices that stubbornly refuse to change. Even in the ultra-modern, high-tech business world of the City law firm some things are still done […]

PwC’s German firm takes three department heads

PwC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has hired three heads of departments and their staff from rival Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen Wojtek. Head of corporate and employment law Hans Stefan Korsch, head of IP Thomos Kerkhoff, and head of media, IT and telecommunications Michael Schmittmann are moving today (Monday). Schmittmann is well-known […]

Securitisation

Clifford Chance advised Greenwich NatWest on a 22-year £70.9m refinancing of leasing arrangements entered into by John Laing to fund construction of the Ashford International Passenger Terminal. Clifford Chance banking partner Peter Kilner led a team of 13 on the deal. DJ Freeman acted for the issuer and John Laing. Denton Wilde Sapte represented the […]

Freshfields Paris hires top European securities partner

Freshfields in Paris has picked up one of Europe’s leading securities lawyers in a raid on international firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. Patrick Bonvarlet, a partner at the Dutch/Belgian/French practice based in Paris, is set to join Freshfields as a partner on 17 April. Bonvarlet is considered one of the best corporate practitioners […]

Regional bar dissolutions free tenants

Leading civil set 1 Crown Office Row is taking on three tenants courtesy of the regional bar’s first two dissolutions. The London-based chambers’ Brighton annexe is taking on two tenants from Sussex Chambers – its head Paul Ashwell and Darren Howe. The set is disbanding after the loss of four tenants to Cardinal Chambers which […]

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