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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Former Gide partners in share battle

Disgruntled former Gide Loyrette Nouel partners are planning legal action because the French firm is refusing to pay back their share capital. The news will be a setback for the beleaguered French firm, which is reported to be looking for a tie-in with a US or UK practice to turn its fortunes around. A senior […]

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Local authority must clear rubbish

Local authorities may have to rethink their rubbish clearance strategies in the light of a new Court of Appeal ruling. The decision in the case of Leeds City Council v Gordon Hoyland Spencer last month (May) centred on the right of local authorities to refuse to clear uncontained rubbish. However, the Court’s decision appears to […]

Report says judges old, white men

Judges are still overwhelmingly white, middle class, old men under Labour, despite its election promises to modernise the judiciary, research reveals. The survey of the country’s 692 judges shows that since Labour came into power, only seven of the 85 judges appointed by the Lord Chancellor – using the much criticised “secret soundings” system – […]

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Cletoris, Clafoutis and other bizarrely named French children. A French judge has forbidden a family from calling their child Zebulon, the French name for Magic Roundabout character Zebedee, after a prosecutor invoked a law allowing the state to intervene if a child is given a name judged to be against his best interests. The prosecutor […]

The Americans in Paris, Frankfurt, Rome…

Most US firms have used London as a gateway to Europe. The city’s status as Europe’s leading finance centre, coupled with the prevalence of English law in international transactions, has helped the UK become the staging post for a broader US invasion of Europe. There are dozens of US firms with a presence in London […]

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