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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

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 […]

Are you a data security weak link?

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 […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

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 […]

Real Estate Disputes

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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City firms advise on £1.9bn power sale

Allen & Overy, Norton Rose and Linklaters & Alliance have completed work on US power company AES’ £1.9bn acquisition of the Drax power station from National Power. A&O acted for the lead loan arrangers, The Chase Manhattan Bank, the London branch of Deutsche Bank AG, and Industrial Bank of Japan on the deal, which was […]

Baker & McKenzie tops finance table

Baker & McKenzie has overtaken Clifford Chance on a table of privately-financed infrastructure deals that were completed over the last 12 months. It handled projects worth u116bn in comparison to Clifford Chance’s u100bn, according to a survey by the publishers of Privatisation International. In 1997/98, Baker & McKenzie dealt with u110bn worth of these transactions, […]

Clifford Chance appoints Frenchman as Paris head

Clifford Chance has appointed leading media and sports partner Yves Wehrli as managing partner of its Paris office. He is the first Frenchman to head the office, which he says shows the development of the local practice. “I think the aim has been to amplify the French side as much as possible,” he says. “We […]

Flotations & Financing

Pinsent Curtis represented Royal Bank Development Capital (RBDC) on its £54m investment in the £92m management offer for Wyko Group. Paul Harkin and Andrew Eastgate, both corporate partners at Pinsents, were part of the team. The Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland, which formed a syndicate to provide senior debt and working capital […]

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