Big Data and Big Brother: How general counsel cope with artificial intelligence in an era of economic nationalism

According to the 2019 Lex Mundi Summit keynote speaker, Professor Olaf Groth, the emerging geopolitical order will not be determined as in the past with hard military assets and occupation of physical territory, but by AI capabilities used to manipulate real world outcomes through cyberspace. Already we are seeing a competition for preponderance of AI capabilities to magnify the influence of competing social-ideological systems. Much is at stake.

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AI readiness checklist for corporate legal functions

This checklist is the result of ongoing consultations with General Counsel about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming both their business and the regulatory environment, creating unforeseen demands on corporate legal functions. Increasingly General Counsel are called upon to guide boards, c-suites, coworkers, and external stakeholders through AI-related ethical and legal risks arising from customer and supplier relations, internal operations, and regulatory action. In particular, AI requires an ethical and governance framework that is supported at board level and across the business.

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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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With the controversy surrounding this year’s A Level results showing no signs of abating, a growing number of parties are set to pursue various legal challenges against the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson and Ofqual. There has been a flurry of activity since the announcement of results on Thursday, when it was confirmed […]

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