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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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…as govt freezes LAB rates again

Lawyers have reacted with outrage at the Government’s decision to freeze legal aid rates for yet another year. The Lord Chancellor announced on Friday that he would not increase legal aid rates for the 1999/2000 round, the fifth time the rates have been frozen in seven years. The Law Society says solicitors’ costs have risen […]

Ready to judge the Woolf reforms

Despite the fears of the legal profession, Judge Paul Collins is sure the judiciary is adequately prepared to take on the new system. Judge Paul Collins is director of studies at the Judicial Studies Board. It can be sniffed on the breeze – a whiff of unease emanating from lawyers all over the country – […]

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Expert witnesses and the lawyers who employ them face radical changes to the way they conduct civil litigation post Woolf. Whether there will be more experts or less, whether they will cost more or less, whether they will be easier to work with or more difficult, whether they will speed up the litigation process or […]

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