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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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White & Case’s quick turnaround

It was good while it lasted, anyway. For all of 14 months, Mayer Brown had its very own magic circle dream team in its finance department. Until it was hit with today’s defections of Jacqueline Evans and Lee Cullinane to White & Case (see story). It seems like only yesterday that Evans and Cullinane left […]

A&L Goodbody turns to MOP for IP hire

Irish firm A&L Goodbody has hired Mark Rasdale as a partner in its IP and technology team. Rasdale joins from Matheson Ormsby Prentice, where he was a senior associate. He specialises in technology development and procurement projects. A&L Goodbody managing partner Julian Yarr said the appointment would strengthen the firm’s IP and IT expertise. “This […]

Rouse Oxford team forms new boutique

A team of three lawyers from IP firm Rouse’s Oxford brands practice has broken away to set up a boutique based in the city.The three-partner ­boutique, Sipara, was launched last week, with the firm claiming that 18 Rouse clients have, or are in the process of, migrating over. Sipara has been launched by Rouse’s former commercial IP head […]

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Sheffield firm set for administration; BDO called in

Five equity-partner Sheffield-based conveyancing firm Ashton Morton Slack has filed to go into administration. Administrators BDO was appointed on Friday on the administration of the firm, which had a turnover of £7.5m in 2008 and which also advises on business, personal injury and private client work. BDO partners Dermot Power and Graham Newton are advising. […]

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