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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Nick Armstrong warns that the bottom line for trainees having problems with their placement is to find another firm The Trainee Solicitors Helpline takes calls on anything from problems finding a training contract to bullying and harassment at work. It is organised by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG), for its 25,000 LPC, CPE and trainee […]

Barristers accused of arrogance and self-importance

MEMBERS of the public have showered the Bar Council’s new complaints body with complaints accusing their barristers of “arrogance”, “self-importance” and “rudeness”. Complaints against barristers have rocketed by nearly 30 per cent since the Bar Council introduced a controversial complaints procedure last April. The rise – from 431 complaints in 1996 to 551 last year […]

“We don't know which way to jump'

Most people only attend Law Society meetings if they are made to. Yet 150 filled the Lyttleton Theatre on a balmy night in Birmingham last Wednesday for the first “roadshow” debate on the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, writes Shaun Pye. Some went to bury it, a handful rallied round to rescue it, but […]

Taskforce finds euro fix for derivatives contracts

After six months of meetings, in-house and private practice finance lawyers from around the world have hammered out a protocol that should prevent tens of thousands of derivatives and swaps contracts having to be individually renegotiated because of the euro. Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Golden opened the protocol to the first signatories – Charles […]

Modernisation of Justice Bill may be delayed

THE LORD Chancellor Lord Irvine’s proposals to “modernise justice” by introducing block legal aid contracts, a public interest fund and tightening up the legal aid merits test, may have to be delayed for a year . The Lawyer understands that the Lord Chancellor’s Department is battling to get its planned Modernisation of Justice Bill included […]

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