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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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PARADOX OF THE CHANCERY

Traditional work in chancery is gradually dying out. Private client work has been on the decline for some time and the traditions of Lincoln’s Inn have been overtaken by commercial practice. The change is reflected both in the more modern approach adopted by sets within the Inn and in practitioners moving from the Inn to […]

In brief: London firm to handle Warner theme park

London firm Olswang is acting for US film production and distribution company Warner Bros in the controversial £225 million joint investment with UK media group MAI to build a film and television studio, and theme park, in Green Belt land in West London. Senior partner Simon Olswang and corporate group partner Adrian Bott are handling […]

Laserforms for Windows scoops excellence award

Helen Sage reports Laserforms for Windows, the software for filling out forms on computer screen, has won the Outstanding Technology Award from the Society for Computers and Law. The prestigious award was presented to Laserforms’ managing director Barry Hawley-Green by Lord Woolf on 5 February. The ceremony took place at the Law Society. John Irving, […]

Complaints system works

You correctly report that the proposal to introduce a jurisdiction of inadequate professional services into the Bar complaints system has cost implications. But it has been an important and successfully achieved objective for the Bar Council that the new system should not have an unexpected impact on the level of Bar subscriptions. While the level […]

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