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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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Irwin Mitchell breaks new ground with Spanish launch

Irwin Mitchell is launching its first ever overseas operation with the opening of offices in Marbella and Madrid. The Spanish offices will operate as Irwin Mitchell Abogados and will be headed by partner Jose Maria de Lorenzo. Lorenzo was previously a partner at personal injury firm Lorenzo Zurbrugg, which merged with Irwin Mitchell in 2003. […]

Morton in landslide win for top job at Freshfields

Guy Morton has been elected senior partner at Freshfields after knocking out his two London opponents in the first round. Morton, head of the financial services regulatory practice, beat Philip Richards and Graham Nicholson to the job, meaning that he secured an outright majority in the first round of voting. He will take over the […]

Hammonds to overhaul management and lockstep after review

Hammonds is set to axe the role of senior partner and turn to merit-based remuneration in the wake of its exhaustive strategic review. The review has highlighted four key recommendations: to refocus Hammonds on the way it secures new business; a restructuring of business departments; replacing the senior partner with a non-executive chair of the […]

Linklaters IT client turns to Slaughters after conflict

A Linklaters conflict has gifted Slaughter and May with an instruction to advise a buyout team led by Sir Peter Ogden on its potential take private of FTSE250 company Computacenter. It is understood that Computacenter’s non-executive directors Ogden and Philip Hume have offered to take the Hertfordshire-based IT infrastructure services provider private for 255p per share. The duo founded Computacenter in 1981 and floated in […]

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