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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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Legal cowboys prey on desperate refugees

TAKE a firm of solicitors, employ an Albanian “interpreter” to recruit hundreds of Kosovan asylum seekers from major ports and stations, and promise them top-notch legal advice. Then do nothing for them, but swell the practice’s income by more than u1m a year through legal aid claims. This is the scam that has allegedly been […]

Star performers in the 'trial of the century'

The Defence Charles Ruff – the man who wrapped up the case The man charged with wrapping up the defence case was Charles Ruff, disparagingly referred to by some as the man who cleans up the President’s mess. Delivering his compelling defence from a wheelchair, he made a mockery of House Judiciary chairman Henry Hyde’s […]

Fatcat:Tackling the lure of the top five

Senior partners of the top five staunchly defend themselves against accusations that they are poaching key players from the firms in the tier below them. “Partners are ruddy well queueing round the block to get in. We’re having to turn them away,” scoffed one senior partner recently after a rather heavy dinner – unattributable, of […]

International firms set to benefit from new EC work rules

International firms could benefit from proposals to cut the red tape governing the employment of non-European Union workers from EU countries. The European Commission has proposed that non-EU citizens should be able to apply for a card, which would be valid for 12 months, guaranteeing their right to work throughout the EU. Under the present […]

In brief: Laurence Messer

Laurence Messer, former managing partner of Davies Arnold Cooper, has been acquitted on four charges of conspiracy to defraud. Messer was charged with being involved in a property fraud scheme. The trial at Southwark Crown Court ended on 22 January. The Crown was ordered to pay Messer’s costs. Messer stood down as managing partner of […]

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