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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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THE unelected former Solicitor General Charles Falconer QC has risen to become head of the Millennium Dome, amid accusations of ‘cronyism’. The downside is Falconer has to wear a hard hat and conduct site inspections. The upside is the Prime Minister’s former schoolmate and flatmate is now considered one of the most important people in […]

Banking chief takes the helm as Simmons head bows out

Simmons & Simmons has elected David Dickinson as its managing partner. He will succeed the present incumbent Alan Morris in April this year. Dickinson joined Simmons in 1988 and has been managing partner of the firm’s banking and capital markets department since his 1994 appointment. Morris refused to stand for re-election at the end of […]

Law Society goes it alone on standard fee research

The Government’s refusal to conduct “essential” research into standard fees for family law cases has forced the Law Society to hunt out its own data. The Law Society is fiercely critical of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s decision to introduce standard fees for all family law related cases in January 2000 without conducting new research. […]

Ruling frees councils' hands for tendering

Local authorities are now free to judge tenders for council contracts on their merits, rather than being tied to one supplier. The change comes as a result of a recent High Court ruling, in which London Transport took Hillingdon Council to judicial review, claiming its existing bus shelters must stay in place forever under the […]

In brief: Steve Orchard

Steve Orchard, the Legal Aid Board’s chief executive, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to legal aid. He has worked in the legal profession for more than 37 years and at the LAB for 10 years. He says: “I’m obviously delighted for myself and my colleagues who have […]

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