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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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Norton Rose has scooped the advisory role for a multimillion-pound tie-up between the UK’s National Grid and Dutch electricity supplier TenneT. The deal, which will need an investment of e600m (£406.69m), will see BritNed Development construct a new interconnector between the National Grid and TenneT. The 260km subsea link will provide energy to the UK […]

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Banking & Finance: Sukuk succour

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DLA Piper confirms Munich entrance

DLA Piper is set to add to its empire of offices with a launch in Munich, in a bid to crack the German IP/IT market. As first reported by The Lawyer last June, DLA Piper has been looking to add Munich to its German network of offices in Cologne, Hamburg and Frankfurt. German managing partner […]

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