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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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IBA sends observer

The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (IBA) is sending senior Scottish judge Lord McCluskey to Sri Lanka next week to observe the trial of the human rights campaigner Dr Jayalath Jayawardena, accused of being absent from his role as government medical officer without permission. He has been charged with criminal misappropriation and […]

Mussel catcher shows his strength in court

A fisherman who claims his business was ruined by pollution is suing South West Water for damages, reports Roger Pearson Mr justice Carnwath has given permission for a High Court test case against South West Water over alleged sewage pollution of the seas off north Devon. But in doing so, Judge Carnwath has blocked moves […]

In brief: Sycamore calls for Turkish shooting inquiry

The president of the Law Society, Phillip Sycamore, has written to the Turkish prime minister, Mesut Yilmaz, to express the Law Society’s concern and dismay at the shooting of Akin Birdal, the president of the Human Rights Association of Turkey. Sycamore called for a full and impartial investigation into the attack on Birdal.

Surely it is time for self-regulation to end?

The Fabian Society – that respected think-tank thought to have Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ear – wants the regulation of solicitors and barristers to be taken over by independent bodies. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) should be abolished. So long as client complaint handling is linked to the Law Society, the Fabian […]

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