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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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Q: When is a partner not really a partner?

The increasing trend of the “local partner’ is shrouded in secrecy, creating scepticism among the profession and its clients, writes Linda Tsang Once again, the proud announcements from City firms gush forth. Several firms are making up more partners and more partners overseas than ever before. But for some firms, foreign partner appointments are not […]

Top QCs make crime pay

Solicitors look for different qualities in the silks they instruct, but there is no shortage of candidates, writes Matheu Swallow The criteria for assessing what makes a good silk is extremely difficult to pin down. One practitioner said the “first test was whether they are winners”, while another described it as “the ability to turn […]

NZ property lawyers follow Scottish lead

Solicitors in New Zealand will lose their hold on conveyancing work if a Bill to break down the barriers between conveyancing and estate agencies passes through parliament. To give solicitors an advantage in the ensuing struggle, Ian Haynes, president of the New Zealand Law Society, last week met with advocates of the Glasgow and Edinburgh […]

Supermarket site scuffle

Mr Justice Jowitt has given leave for Carter Commercial Developments to seek review of the Secretary of State for the Environment’s decision not to call in for his determination an application by Safeway to Teesdale District Council for consent to build a supermarket. Carters are to build a supermarket nearby and argue that Safeway’s site […]

Drug-driving holds heavy risks

Roger Pearson looks at the implications of the most recent drug-driving ruling and the problems of ensuring that justice is carried out The risks faced by drink-drivers are well understood, but a recent High Court decision has revealed that drivers who smoke cannabis are running far greater and less known risks than those who drink. […]

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