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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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Legal aid reforms – an accident waiting to happen?

The Law Society looked at how real firms would cope with the legal aid shake-up – and the results are not promising. THE furore last week over whether or not lawyers are “fat cats” overshadowed the gloomy results of independent research undertaken by Sheffield University into the potential impact on firms of the government’s planned […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 5/5/98

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Treves makes way for Sutton in Macfarlanes shake-up

Macfarlanes’ high-profile senior partner Vanni Treves is to step down after 12 years in the role, along with managing partner Roger Formby, who is to retire from the firm. Treves, whose name has become almost synonymous with Macfarlanes and who is widely known for his directorships, including the chairmanship of Channel 4, will be replaced […]

OSS sends cases back to firms

In a bid to deal with its 30 per cent surge in complaints, the beleaguered Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), has announced it will no longer consider any case unless it has first been through the firm’s in-house complaints procedure. The OSS, still counting the cost of last month’s flood damage, said research […]

When size really does matter

As the legal market becomes more polarised, large regional firms face three key strategic choices, reports Richard Tyler This year’s big shake-up in the UK legal market came courtesy of Arthur Andersen and Wilde Sapte. The impact will be felt not only by those City firms just below the top five by size. National and […]

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