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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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Simmons copies Linklaters by slashing client count

Linklaters by slashing client count” />Simmons & Simmons is planning a Linklaters-style strategy of cutting the ­number of its key global clients in the wake of the financial crisis. Simmons has rethought its plans following the loss of key clients such as Lehman Brothers and ABN Amro. Under the current three-year plan, which comes to […]

Whole new world

As London and New York lose their status as leading financial centres, Peter Bubenzer asks: should offshore firms look to pastures new? With the evident rise of the Brazil, Russia, India and China (Bric) economies, it is apparent that there are ­significant opportunities for international law firms in non-traditional markets. The question is how to […]

Tulkinghorn: The Itchy & Scratchy show

Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. Itchy & scratchy Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. As the readers can see, the first week is the hardest. But please sponsor the ’taches, which are […]

Howrey, Reed Smith snap up Thelen teams

Howrey and Reed Smith have become the latest US firms to acquire remnants of collapsed firm Thelen. Howrey confirmed today (Wednesday 12 November) that it was acquiring the bulk of Thelen’s construction practice, including former Thelen chairman Stephen O’Neal, with the majority of the 40-plus lawyer group based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. Howrey […]

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Jobless lawyers thrown holiday lifeline

Lawyers have been offered a discount on around-the-world trips if they prove they have been made redundant. Dragoman, a Suffolk-based travel company, has spotted a gap in the market and said that it will give 10 per cent off its holidays for anybody showing their P45 to its sales reps. Managing director Adam Dixon-Smith said: […]

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