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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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Sidley Austin has appointed its first Singapore-qualified partner, a month after being granted a licence to practise local law in the jurisdiction. Singaporean lawyer Han Ming Ho has joined Sidley from Clifford Chance’s Singapore office, where he was a partner. Ho’s practice focuses on international funds and is experienced in the structuring and formation of […]

VAT recovery on acquisition costs: lessons to be learned

The Court of Appeal has rejected BAA’s claim for recovery of input tax incurred on professional fees invoiced to a company that acquired it and that subsequently became a member of its VAT group. This case reinforces the lessons about the steps that need to be taken to enable VAT on takeover costs to be […]

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Former 1 Gray’s Inn Square barrister jailed for £80k tax fraud

Former 1 Gray’s Inn Square barrister Edward Agbaje has been jailed for 18 months after failing to pay more than £80,000 in tax to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The City barrister appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with two counts of cheating the public purse. He was represented by Graham Trembath QC of […]

Supreme Court has jurisdiction to consider secret ruling

The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to deliver a ruling in a case based upon evidence that was given behind closed doors, it was decided this week (19 March). Lord Neuberger, president of the court, convened a nine-strong panel to hear Iran bank Mellat attempt to challenge sanctions against it put in place in 2009. Fountain […]

Financial services — protecting your brands

Consumers are naturally drawn to brand names that clearly indicate the services being offered. It is therefore not uncommon for financial services to be offered using descriptive names such as Cash Today or Pay Day Loan as the services being provided are easily recognisable. When adopting descriptive names, providers should be aware of the potential […]

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