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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Ward to head Shrewsbury planning department

FORMER Dibb Lupton Broomhead lawyer Geoff Ward has been appointed as principal solicitor with Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council. Ward, who finished work in Dibbs’ planning department in October, took up the post at the end of last month. Articled with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council he worked in authorities in Kirklees and Manchester before […]

Scots 'YTS' scheme blasted

A NEW scheme designed to secure training contracts for Scottish law graduates has been condemned by lawyers south of the border. Solicitors in England and Wales say the system, which involves graduates of Scotland’s Diploma in Legal Practice working for a Government training allowance plus u10 per week for the first year of articles, is […]

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The chair of the Council of Tribunals Lord Archer of Sandwell QC will present the council’s annual report this week. Speaking at a press conference at the council’s offices, Lord Archer will also outline the work of the 15-member council. The report will go before the Lord Chancellor and then be laid before Parliament.

A&O expands Hong Kong practice

UK-BASED international practice Allen & Overy has appointed three new partners in its Hong Kong office. Kenneth Chan, Michael Liu and Joseph Tse will officially take on the title on 3 January next year. Company and commercial lawyer Eric Ho will also join the firm as a senior associate. Chan, who has experience in advising […]

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