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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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Herbies’ melting pot

Way back in the less enlightened days of 2008, Herbert Smith was already doing its bit for a better society when it began providing “cultural integration” courses for associates (see story). The fact that most of those singled out for cultural adjustment (sorry, integration) were drawn from Herbies’ Indian network was surely purely coincidental? Things […]

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US firms enjoy improved fortunes in French market

Two-thirds of the top US firms in France saw their revenues rise last year and, according to research by Juristes Associés, a total of 12 US firms made it into the country’s top 50 firms by turnover in 2009-10. Latham & Watkins remains way ahead of its rivals after posting a turnover of e90.3m (£75.31m), […]

The billing bounce

So much for the pressure on pricing. So much for a paradigm shift in the business of law. Today’s astonishing findings from costs lawyer Jim Diamond (see page 4-5) shed an entirely new, and in some quarters probably not entirely welcome, light on the past couple of years’ trading environment for the UK’s leading lawyers. […]

Debevoise beefs up London practice with Travers hire

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has expanded its London private equity practice with the hire of Travers Smith partner David Innes. Innes departs after a decade at the City firm, where one of his key relationships was with private equity house Bridgepoint Capital, which he advised on its £955m sale of retailer Pets at Home […]

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