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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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Dewey Ballantine is facing a pensions deficit totalling $89m (£45.18m), The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. The firm, which ended its merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on 4 January, will now have to meet its unfunded pension obligations alone. The pension deficit was among the issues that derailed the two firms’ merger talks earlier […]

Watson Burton nabs client to boost construction team

Newcastle-based Watson Burton has hired the operations director of the National Federation of Builders, the construction industry trade federation. Nigel Stubbings joins as a construction services director, the equivalent of partner at the LLP firm. He joined the Building Employers Confederation (BEC) in 1992 as assistant director for the London, Southern and Eastern service centre, […]

Maple grief

Grave charges indeed have been levelled at the New York office of Wall Street stalwart Sullivan & Cromwell. On 16 January 2006 M&A associate Aaron Charney filed a complaint against Sullivan,in which he alleges a litany of discriminatory comments and behaviour towards him by his Sullivan peers and superiors once his homosexuality became known. The […]

Ward Hadaway hikes turnover and sets up Newcastle office

North East firm Ward Hadaway has boosted turnover by 18 per cent at the financial mid-year point. If business continues in a similar vein for the second half of the year, turnover will exceed £25m. Managing partner Jamie Martin described the rise as “spot on target”, and attributed the growth to “the rate of activity […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Goody turns baddie in Bolly blogWeb Week could hardly ignore Celebrity Big Brother in a week when Shilpa Shetty […]

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