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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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Four solicitors give their very different views on how to develop conveyancing…Michael Garson is a partner at Phillip Hodges & Co and creator of IPSO. Much has been said and written in the last year about the opportunities for solicitors to become involved in the house transfer process. Effecting a sea-change in the composition of […]

Jones quits Edges for KPMG

Edge & Ellison senior partner Digby Jones the man who publicly committed the firm to a merger last year is to quit the legal profession in April to join Big Six accountancy firm KPMG in Birmingham. Both Jones and Edges insist he was not forced out of the practice. But, in an unusually candid statement, […]

Litigation firms to discuss tactics for tax reforms fight

LARGE litigation firms waging a campaign against proposed changes to the taxation of professional businesses will meet in private this week to draw up a plan of action. The firms aim to lobby the Inland Revenue over its plan to tax professional partnerships on work as it is done, rather than when payments are received. […]

Herbert Smith in Jakarta revamp

Herbert Smith has ended its 18-month association agreement with Jakarta firm Prof Dr Mariam Darus, Badrulzaram & Partners and formed a link with a new arrival on the Indonesian legal scene, Kramadibrata Karim Sani Manihuruk (KKSM). Herbert Smith’s resident lawyer in the Indonesian capital, Stefan Ricketts, has moved to KKSM’s offices in Jakarta where he […]

In brief: Initiatives could cut court wait for children

A report by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has recommended a series of initiatives which it claims could cut the time it takes for cases involving children to reach court by 10 weeks. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, is to draw up a plan of action based on the report, launched […]

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