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By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

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By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

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By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

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By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

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Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wireless subsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest, represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bn in April.But NTL made its own u8bn bid in June, and last week Cable & Wireless,represented by Allen & Overy, […]

39 Essex St gains commercial director and six more tenants

Leading construction, commercial and public law set 39 Essex Street hasappointed its first chambers director, lost its third tenant in two months,and at the same time is gaining six new ones.Michael Meeson, partnership secretary dealing with operational managementat City firm Rowe & Maw, will join the set as chambers director inSeptember.The new role for Meeson, […]

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