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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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An annus mirabilis

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The two captive UK law firms of Pricewaterhouse Coopers are to be merged on 1 October to form a single 100-lawyer firm named Arnheim Tite & Lewis. According to an internal announcement at PwC, Chris Tite of Coopers & Lybrand’s law firm Tite & Lewis will be managing partner while his colleague Mark Lewis will […]

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