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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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Norton Rose calls a halt to newbies' salary rises

Norton Rose is freezing the salaries of its newly qualified and trainee lawyers, following the example set by other top City firms last week Brendan Monaghan, Norton Rose deputy head of personnel, confirmed that all newly qualifieds had been informed that starting salaries would remain unchanged at £50,000 as of 1 May.Trainee lawyers’ pay has […]

Latham opens Italian office as London partner departs

Latham & Watkins is continuing to focus on Europe as it sets up its second office in Italy But as its Continental practice expands, the firm’s London office growth has stalled. It is losing acquisition finance partner Kevin Dunn, who is returning to GE Capital just over 18 months after joining the firm.Dunn, who is […]

Revealed: how Andersen abandoned its UK partners

Seven Andersen Legal partners hung out to dry; TJG in talks with Garretts team Six Garretts partners and Andersen Legal worldwide managing partner Tony Williams still face potentially ruinous US litigation over Enron. The Garretts partners are also Andersen Worldwide partners and so face class action claims, despite the fact that they had no real […]

KLegal gets a lift from SwissAir/CrossAir work

KPMG-linked KLegal has earned millions of pounds for employment law advice on the huge SwissAir/CrossAir restructuring The international employment relations division provided CrossAir with advice in 67 jurisdictions, bringing work to several other divisions of KPMG.A team led by the head of international employment relations Tim Johnson was appointed by CrossAir corporate counsel Gabriele Hoffman […]

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