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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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Quinn Emanuel boosts products liability group with Skadden hires

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired one of the best-known products liability lawyers in the US, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s mass torts and insurance group co-head Sheila Birnbaum, as a partner in its New York office. Birnbaum, who will be global co-head of Quinn Emanuel’s products liability and mass torts practice, is […]

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Job Watch: Employment

Employment law is one area where there is generally a steady demand for talent, particularly those who have high level experience acting for employers. Recently this has been even more the case due to the increasing number of disputes that have arisen due to the economic climate. “We’ve seen international demand for high-calibre employment lawyers, […]

Internal intellectual property management

Are you deriving the most value out of your intellectual property (IP) assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative. In many cases the IP subsisting in for example marketing properties, products, materials, processes and know-how is what gives a business its competitive advantage […]

SHE Matter (safety, health and the environment) — spring 2013

DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of SHE Matters, the firm’s newsletter dedicated to safety, health and the environment. Contents Sentencing council consultation on draft environmental offences guideline Health claims — how fit are you? Update on REACH Legionella — the importance of control Government publishes guidance on the legal definition of waste […]

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