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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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Covington hires 2Birds partner for Shanghai launch

Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China. Li Weishi focuses on transactional and IP matters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in November 2010, she was a counsel […]

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An alternative route

With internationalisation firmly entrenched in the legal market, firms that want to guard their independence are turning to networks In brief Law firm networks are having to fight for members with international firms looking to increase their global footprint. As the pace of internationalisation picks up, what makes a network relevant to the remaining independent […]

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NSPCC appoints new legal chief

The NSPCC has appointed a new head of legal following the departure of Catherine Dixon, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority. Alexis Burnetts, who trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner, had been filling in as head of legal since Dixon left in April 2012. She has now been […]

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Bevan Brittan and Trowers advise on Barnet-Harrow legal merger

Bevan Brittan and Trowers & Hamlins have advised the London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow on the merger of their legal teams. The shared legal service will see Barnet’s legal team move to Harrow from today (3 September), pushing combined lawyer headcount to around 70. Barnet Council turned to longstanding advisers Trowers & Hamlins, which […]

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Clifford Chance on standby to advise Barclays on SFO Qatar probe

Barclays is understood to be seeking further advice from Clifford Chance after the SFO launched an investigation into Qatar payments. The regulator, which has the power to set criminal sanctions, is probing fees paid to the sovereign investor Qatar Holding in 2008. The new investigation will run in parallel with the FSA’s similar examination of […]

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