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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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Lords threat to public defenders

The Lord Chancellor may have to drop his controversial public defenderscheme from the Access to Justice bill if the Lords once again throw outthe offending clause today (Monday).In an impassioned speech to journalists last week, Lord Irvine pledged notto allow “the opposition in an unelected body” to kill off the scheme.The idea has drawn fierce […]

A&O gives green light to merger

TheNetherlands operation of Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke – excluding theRotterdam office.Loeffs’ Rotterdam office is joining Dutch tax firm Loyens & Volkmaars.Loyens voted on Thursday (22 July), to accept 26 partners and 65associates from Loeffs.This enabled 35 partners at the Dutch part of Loeffs to announce itsmerger with A&O the following morning.The Belgian arm of […]

Boesebecks partners quit over Lovells merger talks

German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a merger with Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partner in Boesebeck Droste’s banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and is understood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr Claudia […]

Coming up from down under

AT least some people at Clifford Chance are now admitting that the firm’splans for global domination will not extend down under just yet. Theplanned merger with Mallesons Stephen Jaques may be off but other UK firmsare eyeing up the Australian market with great interest (see news, frontpage).But it is not all one-way traffic. Australian firms […]

Kushner, Neaves quit 36 Bedford Row for St Philip's

Two senior tenants have left 36 Bedford Row Chambers, following the sets’failed merger negotiations and the departure of leading silk, HeatherSwindells QC.Leading family practitioners Martine Kushner and Andrew Neaves arefollowing Swindells to St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham.In May, 36 Bedford Row’s planned merger with Nottingham sets King CharlesHouse and St Mary’s Chambers collapsed.It had hoped […]

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