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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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Solicitors slam LCD's waste of talent

Senior City solicitors have attacked the Lord Chancellor’s Department for wasting a “huge pool” of City talent that on retirement “will be heading for the golf course instead of the judge’s bench”. The City of London Law Society hit out following the results of a survey it conducted of City litigation partners. Of the 289 […]

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City law soc hunts funds for a higher profile

The City of London Law Society is seeking funds to appoint a public relations officer for the first time in its history. The society’s ruling committee decided last month to see if big City firms are prepared to contribute to the cost of a PR officer. Anthony Pugh-Thomas, chairman of the committee, and William King, […]

Brawlers break up firm party

Police had to be called to a function held by Lincolns Inn firm Trowers & Hamlins after a fight broke out between two party-goers. Officers from City of London Police were called in the early hours of the morning to the private function room at The Brewery, a licensed conference centre in the City where […]

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