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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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Eversheds plans offices in Dusseldorf and Sofia

Eversheds is expanding its European operation to capitalise on the burgeoning German and Bulgarian markets. The firm, which already has a considerable presence in Europe, hopes to merge with a Dusseldorf outfit in the next six months, having identified potential firms. Alan Jenkins, head of the Continental European practice, says it is a logical move […]

King leads XL Capital tie

Linklaters corporate partner Peter King led a team which advised Cayman Islands company XL Capital on the English law aspects of its merger, valued at US$1.2bn (u750m), with NAC Re Corporation, a corporation in Delaware. The two companies provide insurance and reinsurance coverages and financial products worldwide, with business in the Lloyd’s insurance market. The […]

A new, improved Merseyside

Looking like he has just jumped out of the cockpit of a gleaming Spitfire, Jim Davies is an unconventional legal luminary in Liverpool. Davies set up Davies Wallis Foyster in the city in the late seventies – at a time when decent legal chaps simply did not do that sort of thing, eventually becoming the […]

Square Mile

WILL 1999 be the year of City law firm mergers? I think not. To begin with, lawyers hate change. Some of the recent rejected merger attempts demonstrate the point. While merger was strongly backed by “management”, the partners just would not vote for change. This was not based on strategy, it was simply a “no” […]

In brief: Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes, a Sheffield solicitor, has been struck off and imprisoned for 30 months, after taking false claims from three robbery witnesses. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered Hayes, of Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield, to pay costs of £1,104. Chairman David Faull says: “This is one of the most serious offences that could come before us.” […]

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