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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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Increase in black lawyers leads to new directory

Big increases in the numbers of practising black lawyers has led the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) to update its directory of black practitioners. The directory lists black solicitors, barristers and other legal service providers. It gives people from ethnic minorities direct access to firms with experience in racial issues. More than 600 people in […]

Deal marks rise in buyouts trend

City lawyers are hoping that last week’s £1.3bn Generale de Sante/General Healthcare management buyout will mark the beginning of a stream of large deals packaged in London for Continental targets. The deal, finalised last week, saw French utility conglomerate Generale d’Eaux sell its French and British healthcare subsidiaries, Generale de Sante and General Healthcare, to […]

Men are more equal

It comes as no surprise that women solicitors are paid less than their male counterparts. The article in The Lawyer, 8 July, merely confirmed statistics from the Young Women Lawyers group published earlier this year and concerns raised at the Woman Lawyer Conference, as well as anecdotal evidence at the Bar that women barristers tend […]

Solicitor advocate uses a barrister as his junior

Alan Kurtz has become the first solicitor advocate to act as leading counsel in a criminal case with a barrister acting as his junior. Kurtz, who is a consultant to the Middlesex firm Turbervilles, stepped in as lead counsel in a fraud case being heard at Southwark Crown Court after leave for a silk to […]

SIF to look again at hike in contributions

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is to re-examine whether a massive jump in solicitors’ contributions is needed to meet a projected £450m claims shortfall. The Law Society and the SIF have agreed to look again at whether an expected fall in the value of conveyancing claims could enable the Law Society to spread out contribution […]

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