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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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Addleshaws: where is it going and what does it want to be?

It’s been an era-defining year at Addleshaw Goddard, as today’s analysis explains, but managing partner John Joyce has the potential to turn the firm’s fortunes around by unveiling the right strategy later this week. The Lawyer has explored the firm’s various options. Merger, reducing London service lines, and bulking up the transactional services team are […]

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No5 barrister to speak at British Institute of International and Comparative Law event

No5 Chambers barrister Gordon Wignall will be speaking at an event that the British Institute of International and Comparative Law is holding on 8 December 2014, which is being chaired by Mr Justice Dove. The event will examine the phenomenon of collective redress and mass claims in the environmental sphere, from English, comparative and international law perspectives.

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Matrix turns to Doughty Street for hire of Plebgate star Gavin Millar QC

Matrix has continued to build its media team with the hire of Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Millar QC. Millar starts work at Matrix tomorrow (3 December). The move follows Matrix’s recruitment last year of three media juniors from Doughty Street (7 November 2013). Matrix also hired human rights silk Richard Hermer from Doughty Street in […]

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