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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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Birmingham-based Shakespeare Putsman is to merge with Midlands rival Needham & James, creating a £24m, 56-partner firm. Birmingham-based Shakespeare Putsman is to merge with Midlands rival Needham & James, creating a £24m, 56-partner firm. The deal is set to go live on 1 July. It follows the merger of Shakespeares and Putsmans three years ago, […]

A&O names Shearman joiner as German managing partner

Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year. Gottfried Breuninger, who joined the magic circle firm in 2008 from the Munich office of Shearman & Sterling, has been appointed to the role, according […]

Prudential rejigs UK legal function

Prudential has launched a revamp of its UK legal team with the creation of a new head of legal role. The new role marks the first time the insurance giant will have a dedicated legal chief, who has still to be recruited, for its domestic arm Prudential UK. A nine-strong legal team will move from the […]

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NDA legal team grounded by Cumbrian shootings

The legal department at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is currently subject to a lock-in following news that a gunman has killed several people in and around Whitehaven in Cumbria, where the NDA is based. Speaking to The Lawyer NDA legal head Robert Higgins said: “We’re confined to barracks, we’re all basically locked in. It’s […]

Shakespeares’ play

The West Midlands has a new legal giant. Well, okay, a new £24m firm. It might not qualify as the latest in the growing list of transatlantic behemoths but the merger of Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James is enough to place the new firm among the top 100 largest in the UK (see story). […]

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