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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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Chadbourne hiring freeze as recession bites

Chadbourne & Parke has instituted a firm-wide hiring freeze for both legal and non-legal staff in an attempt to combat the economic downturn. In a memo titled “How are we doing?” that was leaked to US legal market blog Above The Law, Chadbourne managing partner Charlie O’Neil confirmed the freeze on hiring. He said those […]

Thacher Proffitt VC takes team to Greenberg

Embattled US firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood has lost its vice chairman along with an entire office to Greenberg Traurig. The Miami-headquartered firm has hired two former Thacher Proffitt real estate finance partners – Tom Leslie and Tom Infurna – as well as six other lawyers. Leslie was formerly the managing partner of Thacher Proffitt’s […]

Best-laid plans

The Swedish government’s plans to sell off the state’s stake in a range of industries were good news for lawyers. But the world economic crisis may have put paid to them. Having been buffeted by a series of economic storms over the past 20 years, the people of Sweden are used to scare stories surrounding […]

Addleshaws’ turnover 4 per cent below budget

Addleshaw Goddard has recorded a fall in fee income of 2.8 per cent in comparison to the first half of the 2007-8 financial year. Turnover for the first six months of 2008-09 was £94.7m, whereas during the same period last year the firm brought in total fees of £97.5m. This year’s figure was four per […]

Gay and free?

During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. To sit tight or move to an office in a busier jurisdiction? Which is an even tougher choice to make when you’re gay. During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. Whether to invest in retraining or focus on core specialisms? How to […]

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