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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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Thomas Eggar in lockstep overhaul

South East firm Thomas Eggar is set to overhaul its partner remuneration structure in a bid to boost profits and attract new talent. As revealed in this year’s The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report, the firm is considering proposals to move away from the current equity structure, featuring a lockstep with a 10 per cent […]

Cobbetts snaps up niche housing practice

Cobbetts is onto its fourth merger in 10 months as it takes on the Leeds office of niche housing practice Walker Charlesworth & Foster. The North-West firm, which joined up with Wilbraham & Co in Leeds in July this year, is hiring Walker Charlesworth’s two Leeds-based partners, one assistant, two paralegals and three support staff. […]

Fresh start for McGrigors London after KPMG split

McGrigors has distanced itself further from its former allegiance with KPMG by signing an agreement for new offices in London. The firm is taking 33,000sq ft of space at 5 Old Bailey, enabling it to move its London operations out of its current location in the same building as KPMG’s offices at 1-2 Dorset Rise. […]

Shearman bolsters German tax group with hire

Shearman & Sterling’s German office has recruited a former Linklaters partner to shore up its tax practice. Thomas Fox is joining Sherman to focus on national and international tax as well as private equity. Prior to joining the US firm, Fox was chief executive and founder of a mobile commerce company and before that, a […]

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