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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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Takeover work beckons in Germany

Frankfurt-based Link laters & Schon is taking on two more assistants and plans to recruit three more by the end of the year in the wake of its involvement in Germany’s first high-profile hostile takeover bid. The firm, which now has four partners and eight assistants, recently helped steel company Thyssen deal with a hostile […]

Necessary reforms

Michael Brindle considers whether drafting a new set of rules will mean confusion for the commercial Court. Michael Brindle QC is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. The Commercial Court led the way in introducing case management techniques into civil litigation. The Commercial Court Guide, which existed before Lord Woolf started his campaign to clean […]

Are staff a tangible economic activity?

Back to basics is what the European Court of Justice (ECJ) seemed to be advocating in its celebrated decision on transfers of undertakings in Ayse Suzen v Zehnacker. This is because Suzen seemed to be returning to a fundamentalist analysis of the nature of an economic entity, and the core ingredients of a transfer in […]

Watching them watching you

Sally Rink spent a week in a Manchester set assessing and being assessed…Sally Rink did a mini pupillage at 40 King Street, Manchester. It is a Monday morning and as I breeze into chambers I am handed a brief from my clerk. Immediately I detect the technicality on which I can get my client acquitted. […]

In brief: Chase up a Corporate Challenge entry form

The 1997 Chase Corporate Challenge, sponsored by The Lawyer, will take place on 9 July in Battersea Park. The challenge is a 3.5-mile team road race open to corporations, businesses and financial institutions. Last year a team from Ashurst Morris Crisp was the fastest law firm in the charity fund-raising event. For an entry pack, […]

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