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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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All roads lead to London

Another week, another takeover for Halliwells. This time the North West’s most muscular outfit has done a deal in its own back yard in Manchester, with the absorption of insurance boutique James Chapman. Last November, Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin told The Lawyer that he was aiming to hit £70m revenues in 2007. Chapmans’ £10m-odd-turnover […]

CC litigation partner elected president of LSLA

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley. Davis has been elected for a two year term, following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, […]

Lovells pulls the plug on Dutch real estate outfit

The Dutch office of Lovells has discontinued its domestic real estate practice in favour of subcontracting the work to a local firm. The move coincided with last year’s exit of the firm’s real estate team, headed by civil law notary Annerie Ploumen, who joined Dutch firm Van Doorne as a partner. Ploumen’s entire team of […]

London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board. The new-look board is almost entirely City-based with litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells all newly elected […]

Long-running Weil conflict case gets May trial date

Weil Gotshal & Manges will face trial in May over a long-running legal malpractice suit relating to allegations that the firm was conflicted during its representation of an unfair competition case. The matter, which first arose in 2003, stems from the firm’s representation of New Jersey store Fashion Boutique of Short Hills in an unfair […]

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