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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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European pharmaceutical and biotechnology ­company Merck Serono has hired European Aeronautic Defence ;and ;Space ­Company (EADS) counsel Robert Fairless to head its nascent UK and Ireland legal capability. Fairless, who worked within the space division at EADS, has taken full responsibility for the UK and Irish legal function and has been charged with building up […]

Mayer Brown hire boosts Orrick bankruptcy focus

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DLA Board seat election goes to the vote

Voting is underway for the seat on DLA Piper’s board vacated by the firm’s Nordic chairman Henning Øglænd. Meanwhile, joint chief executive Nigel Knowles will stand for reelection at the end of the year. Øglænd has stepped down partway through his term on the board, with four partners competing for the seat. London partner Matthew […]

Ground force: the Kashmir Earthquake Appeal

The rule of law is one of the key issues animating Pakistani society. But nearly three years on from the devastating earthquake that killed 80,000 in Kashmir, some local courts are still being convened in tents – something a group of top UK lawyers is determined to help change Moments after Pakistan’s former ­president Pervez […]

‘Managing associate’ pays off for Freshfields

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ­corporate department was given a shake-up earlier this year when Mark Rawlinson took over from Tim Jones as head (The Lawyer, 31 March). As part of his new approach ­Rawlinson invited an associate to join the practice group’s management team as chief operating officer (COO) – the first time a non-partner had […]

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