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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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Wilmer Cutler rejig sees Euro partners in the mix

European partners of Washington DC firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are lining up for a new role on the firm’s international management committee. The firm is restructuring its management to include a European partner and a policy committee for the first time.The 450-lawyer firm is growing its management committee from six members to seven and […]

Herbert Smith in Asia management rejig

Herbert Smith has restructured its management team, relocating executive partner Tim Parkes to Hong Kong to become the firm’s new head of the Asia region. Head of real estate Iain Rothnie will take over Parkes’ former role. The changes take effect next January.Rothnie said: “I’m delighted the partnership has confidence in me to continue the […]

Fenwick and VLG cut lawyer count

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has laid off nearly 50 lawyers and become the second firm in as many weeks to make major culls. It has cut 32 associates and 15 paralegals from its ranks because of the falloff in technology-related corporate work.At the same time, high-profile Valley firm Venture Law Group (VLG) put […]

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