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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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Hammonds to consult on second lock-in

Hammonds’ management is considering a second lock-in of partners when the current one expires at the end of June. A paper has been presented to the partnership board, but no conclusions have been reached. Managing partner Peter Crossley said: “We’re considering a number of options. It’s all about ensuring commitment, and it’s a hearts and […]

InBev brews up first-ever adviser review in bid to slash legal spend

InBev, the world’s largest beer company, is conducting its first global panel review. Under the supervision of global general counsel Sabine Chalmers, senior in-house lawyers from the company’s five global zones are holding a beauty parade which is expected to slash legal spend, which last year amounted to E10m (£6.9m) for Western Europe alone. Chalmers […]

DAC diversity requirements puts onus on firms to report

Barclays and other FTSE companies may have strong views on the topic, but it could be argued that it is the Government that has started a mini-revolution on increasing diversity in the legal profession. In November 2005, Bridget Prentice MP wrote to the UK’s top 100 law firms and top 30 barristers’ chambers asking them […]

French boors

Political correctness and the campaign for diversity doesn’t appear to have made its way across the Channel yet, if recent events at the offices of French giant Gide Loyrette Nouel are any indication. During a visit to London, one of the firm’s key leaders was dismayed to discover that none of his partners had rushed […]

DAC bolsters Madrid with litigation hire

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has appointed its sixth partner for its Madrid office with the hire of former Landwell litigation head Luis Rufilanchas. Rufilanchas joins DAC from listed property company Inmocaral, where he built up a close relationship with the firm. His move follows the recent sale of Inmocaral for €183m (£125m). Prior to joining […]

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