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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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Keeping in touch

Masons’ communications systems have evolved to a level of sophistication which most lawyers could not have imagined a few years ago. The driving force behind these changes has been the firm’s determination to exploit all appropriate forms of technology. Before Masons moved into its present accommodation in mid-1990 the various tools for communicating – post, […]

Hanging on the telephone

The Norwich office of Eversheds recently upgraded its telephone systems to provide a greater level of client service by the introduction of direct dialling to the telephones on all lawyer’s desks, one contact number for the multi-site Norwich operation and voice mail. Eversheds briefed three large suppliers of voice telecommunications systems to explain current problems […]

Court 'rental' charges on way

Revelations of Government plans for daily court ‘rental’ fees are fuelling fears of reduced access to justice. A fee of u500 per day is anticipated for the High Court and u200 per day for the County Court. A Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) spokesman says the fees, which “only represent one third of the court’s running […]

Compas points way ahead for pupil selection

John Malpas reports A GROUP of chambers has devised its own clearing house scheme in an effort to bring order to the current free-for-all system of pupil selection. The common law sets, which include Lord Williams of Mostyn QC’s chambers at Farrar’s Building and Robert Seabrook QC’s set at 1 Crown Office Row, hope to […]

Worry over police red tape cuts

CRIMINAL lawyers’ ability to advise their clients could be adversely affected by proposals to cut red tape for police officers. The proposals, which are due to be sent to the Government and senior law officers soon, come from a Government-appointed scrutiny committee. They are expected to be wide-ranging and to recommend the use of abbreviated […]

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