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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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Wilde Sapte scoops PFI specialist

Leading property lawyer and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) specialist Stan Gniadkowski will take a major PFI project worth £193 million with him when he leaves DJ Freeman to join Wilde Sapte in the New Year. The Octagon Healthcare contract being handled by Gniadkowski is the first and only hospital building PFI scheme to be signed […]

Partner wins £1.1m award

A successful partner in a Home Counties legal practice has been awarded £1.1 million damages after he was knocked off his bike in a devastating accident. Robert Atkins, who was a partner in the Bedford firm of Gareth Woodfines, was seriously injured in a cycling accident in May 1990. “He has not been able to […]

Development wrangle

Conservationists are waiting for judgment in a case with major implications for development rights relating to listed buildings. A protest group from Bridport, Dorset, has challenged the decision by West Dorset District Council to allow the development of Downe Hall, a Grade II-listed building in Bridport which is rated as one of the finest examples […]

Framework for Boateng

Many solicitors reading the comments of Paul Boateng regarding pro bono work will feel very offended (The Lawyer 10 December) . A large number of high street solicitors carry out a lot of such work in their local communities, and many assist clients either for no fee or a fee that is very nominal. The […]

GLS falls foul of discrimination law

The Government Legal Service (GLS) has had to introduce equal opportunity measures, having been found guilty of racial and sex discrimination against a black woman job applicant. An industrial tribunal found the GLS guilty of undermarking Chineme Nwoke in her application for a post as a solicitor in the Treasury Solicitors Department in February. The […]

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