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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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Former Barclays lawyer Edwards takes on group general counsel role at Worldpay

Payment processing company Worldpay has hired former Barclays Bank lawyer Mark Edwards as its new group general counsel. Edwards replaces Mark Chambers, who held Worldpay’s chief legal role since May 2008. His destination is unknown. Having joined in September, Edwards now heads up Worldpay’s 45-strong in-house legal team which spans the UK, US and Asia. […]

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BLM launches new marine offering with Greenwoods team

BLM has launched a new marine insurance team with the addition of legacy Greenwoods partner Gemma Pearce and two other fee-earners from Parabis’ defunct Bristol office. Parabis closed its offices in Bristol and Colchester following a 40-day consultation last month. This team was among the 41 staff affected (1 October 2014). Parabis has since cut […]

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Leigh Day forces disclosure of breach of legal professional privilege by security services

Documents disclosed yesterday by Leigh Day have revealed “intentional” breach of legal professional privilege (LPP) by Government security services. The documents were disclosed to the firm by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ in response to a claim filed by Leigh Day on behalf of the families of two opponents of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, […]

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