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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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Three Fountain Court faces dismissal claim

Collapsed Birmingham common law set Three Fountain Court is facing an unfair dismissal claim from its former senior clerk as regional rivals prepare to pounce on its members. The 50-member set voted on 7 July to dissolve and is due to close its doors at the end of July. Three Fountain Court recently dismissed senior […]

French corporate boutiques suffer as Anglo-Saxon firms thrive

France’s leading independent corporate firms Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier both saw a drop in income in an otherwise strong financial year in France. Anglo-Saxon law firms in Paris are winning business from Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey, which have traditionally dominated the French corporate market. Turnover dropped four per cent at Bredin […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

DLA hires GM GC to boost Chinese operations

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors as a partner in its Shanghai office. Henry Wang is a US qualified lawyer with in depth experience of China’s motor industry. He also has experience in M&A, joint ventures or wholly foreign owned entities, IP, corporate financing, dispute resolution, […]

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On the critical list

Richard Burns has gone missing. The former senior partner of the UK’s most troubled firm, Hammonds, officially stepped down from his management role at the beginning of May; but since then little has been seen of him. In Burns’ absence, managing partner Peter Crossley has just about managed to hold the firm together – thanks […]

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