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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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Lawyers call for clearer guidelines after ruling clouds eviction rights

COUNCIL lawyers face delays and confusion when advising on the eviction of travellers following High Court rulings on groups in East Sussex and Lincolnshire. At least 30 authorities are trying to obtain transcripts of the ruling and some solicitors believe the Government should issue new guidelines to clarify the application of the law. The court […]

In brief: Hodge Jones adverts go underground

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen has taken the unusual step of advertising its service on the tube. The leading legal aid firm has been running adverts on the Northern Line for the past eight weeks. Senior partner Henry Hodge, former Law Society deputy vice president, said the advertising campaign had been a success […]

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Practitioners hit back at LCD 'slur'

LEGAL Aid lawyers have attacked parts of the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid Green Paper as a “grossly unfair slur” on solicitors’ integrity. In its response to the reform blueprint, the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group (LAPG) smarts at what it claims is the impression in the Green Paper “of solicitors doing shoddy work and artificially inducing […]

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