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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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The Court of Appeal has two new Lord Justices, with Mr Justice Rimer and IP judge Mr Justice Pumfrey moving up to the higher court. Rimer J has been brought in to replace Lord Justice Chadwick, who retires in November. Pumfrey J will replace Lord Justice Auld, who retires in September. The arrival of Pumfrey […]

A&O, Ashurst and SJ Berwin scoop £1bn Canary Wharf deal

Allen & Overy, Ashurst and SJ Berwin each landed a role advising on the £1bn sale of Citigroup’s Canary Wharf European headquarters, with the deal closing on Saturday night (30 June). Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which bought the building four years ago, sold the 42-storey property to a joint venture between Irish businessman Derek […]

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