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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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CMS private equity star quits for Norton Rose Fulbright

CMS Cameron McKenna private equity partner Richard Bull has quit for the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Norton Rose Fulbright today confirmed that Bull will join the corporate, M&A and securities practice, although his start date is not yet clear. Norton Rose Fulbright global head of financial institution James Bateson said:  “Despite the challenging financial […]

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‘Hottest’ barrister website sparks consternation at the bar

A new website that claims to rank ‘The 21 Hottest Barristers in London’ has been met with much mirth at the bar. The website began circulating around the Inns of Court earlier this week, after the self-proclaimed barrister hottie experts launched a Tumblr called ‘YourBarristerBoyfriend’. Patrick Hennessey of 39 Essex Street, who was only called […]

SEC to credit for compliance with foreign regulations?

Recent remarks by several commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicate that the agency may adopt a new approach to its regulation of transactions, products and market activities that are subject to parallel regulatory requirements in multiple jurisdictions. Taken together, the commissioners’ comments suggest that the SEC now favours ‘substituted compliance’ as a […]

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FFW and OC: near as dammit to a merger

 How close can you get without actually merging? Ask FFW and OC There is no suggestion of corporate stalking here, but there are some eye-catching things going on between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke (OC). First it was the launch in Palo Alto that got people wondering. FFW opened its representative office there […]

VTB Capital: Supreme Court decision

What are the legal consequences of ‘piercing the corporate veil’ of a company? If it is appropriate to do so, will the controller of the company be made liable on its contracts? The UK Supreme Court has decided in VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp and others [2013] UKSC 5 that contractual liabilities of […]

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