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HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

Angola: The Mining Law Review

By João Afonso Fialho, Ângela Viana Angola is one of the greatest diamond producers in the world and has extensive reserves of valuable natural resources, notably diamonds, gold, iron ore, phosphates, copper, manganese, and many other mineral resources. Unfortunately, the civil war (1975–2002) had a tremendous impact on the mining industry, which was basically put […]

Benefits and perils of permanent health schemes in employment contracts

In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd[2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) To the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that “once the employee has become entitled to […]

Canadian securities regulators concern on problematic promotional activities by issuers

By Brett A. Kagetsu, Denis G. Silva A recent announcement by Canadian securities regulators demonstrates their growing concern with biased promotional materials, and highlights the risks to issuers when engaging with prospective investors. The regulators state that they are seeing promotional activities by issuers that are either untrue or unbalanced to such a degree that […]

Imprisonment fears allayed for arbitrators and experts involved in UAE-Seated arbitrations

By Courtney Rothery, Robyn Waller Imprisonment fears have been allayed for arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations following the latest amendments to Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code. THE PREVIOUS WORDING OF ARTICLE 257 OF THE UAE PENAL CODE In October 2016 arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations (who may or may not […]

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In brief: Lord Mackay opens Preston courts

Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay last week officially opened the new Preston combined court complex. The £25 million building houses 10 court rooms, including eight crown courts, one county court and one dual-purpose court. A network of corridors, staircases and lifts provides separate routes to ensure judges, defendants, jury members and the public do not meet […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 06/02/96

Trade mark infringement and comparative advertising Barclays Bank v RBS Advanta (sued A RBS Advanta) (1996). Ch.D (Laddie J). Summary: Inclusion of a competitor’s registered trade mark in comparative advertising material no longer constitutes infringement of the mark in view of the Trade Marks Act 1994. Plaintiff bank’s claim for interlocutory relief as to alleged […]

Scots ombudsman to get new powers

THE SELECT band of female heads of chambers has been joined by Laura Cox QC, newly elected to lead Cloisters Chambers. Cox is the first woman to be elected as head of the leading civil rights set, which boasts 12 QCs among its 40 tenants. The employment, discrimination and professional negligence law specialist is chair […]

More cloak, less dagger

The divorce scam used to be epitomised by a man in a grubby mac, a hired hotel room and a fake love affair. At the centre of this seedy melange was a solicitor. The trick, at the centre of the film Under Suspicion, which starred Liam Neeson, was worked to circumvent the strict divorce laws […]

Professional indemnity insurance. All for one and one for all

The recent £110 million award against accountancy firm Binder Hamlyn has predictably led to calls for changes to limit the personal liability of partners as individuals. Limited liability partnerships have been suggested as one solution (The Lawyer, 19 December 1995) and even contractual limitations on liability are being discussed. However, the danger is that these […]

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