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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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Entries for this year’s Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year saw innovative structures and many firsts for good causes Investment funds cover a multitude of areas, and the flexibility of the structures on offer these days means this is one practice area that really rewards innovation. That was the single uniting factor among the […]

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Baker & McKenzie has kickstarted a South African competition practice with the acquisition of local firm Vani Chetty Competition Law. Name partner Vani Chetty joins Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Johannesburg, bringing with her her entire team.  The competition team adds to the firm’s existing South Africa capabilities in banking and finance, capital […]

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Trowers launches Birmingham document production hub as 34 secretaries exit

Trowers & Hamlins is to set up a new document production centre in its Birmingham office after losing 34 secretaries in a redundancy consultation.   The new 21-strong document production centre will be launched next month to serve the firm’s UK and international offices. It follows the end of a six-month consultation which resulted in […]

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Mark Brandon: The cultural costs of those sky-high salaries

Why is lawyers’ pay so high? Not because it benefits the business, say the stats Ah, summer. A time to kick back, to look at law firms’ numbers coming in ahead of The Lawyer’s annual UK 200 analysis and wonder what I would do if I earned £400,000, £500,000 or £600,000 – or even £1.4m […]

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