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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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De Heng launches first Chinese office in Europe

Chinese law firm De Heng is opening an office in Holland this week – making it the first-ever Chinese firm to set up in Europe. The firm aims to offer multinational companies a seamless service in dealings between the East and West. Beijing-based De Heng plans further westward expansion in the near future, including an […]

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“In retrospect it would have been better for the Attorney-General [Janet Reno] to appoint someone else.” – Kenneth Starr’s candid admission that his role as independent counsel in the Monica Lewinsky case was a mistake, during an interview with CNN. Starr is now returning to Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, and will teach law […]

Going global in Germany

Most players in the German legal market have known that internationalisation has been on its way for two or three years. It has simply been a question of when it would arrive. Last year, most leading practices were being wooed by just about every major UK firm, and 1999 was decision time. In a couple […]

Wragge & Co gives lawyer key IT role

Birmingham heavyweight Wragge & Co has taken the unusual step of appointing a lawyer to head up a strategic development unit to improve the firm’s use of IT, a position normally reserved for IT experts. Led by lawyer Derek Southall, the five-person unit – made up of lawyers and IT staff – is backed by […]

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