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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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Absence of discretionary powers cause of CSA hiatus

THE GOVERNMENT’S failure to provide the Child Support Agency with the power to use discretion in making maintenance orders is seen by the legal profession as a “lacuna” in the legislation, a former High Court judge said. Speaking at last week’s fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers’ Association, Dame Margaret Booth said the objectives […]

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Goodwill Nominees, advised by Simmons & Simmons, has bought for u39.7m one of the Stockley Park buildings from the Stockley Park Consortium, advised by Herbert Smith.

Labour suggests levy to support legal assistance

SOLICITORS could be asked to make compulsory payments to support pro-bono legal services if proposals to be put forward in a Labour Party consultation document later this year are approved. Speaking at the recent Law Centres Federation annual conference, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman, barrister Paul Boateng, said the party would be committed to a radical […]

Pearl gains circuit judge appointment

Professor David Stephen Pearl is to be appointed as a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. He is also to become an immigration adjudicator and chief adjudicator and has been designated as a special adjudicator. Pearl, who is 50, has been professor of law and dean of the school of law at the University […]

Advocacy rates fuel fees row

Angry barristers’ reports of solicitor-advocates grossing up to twice as much as them in legal aid fees for the same advocacy work in the Crown Court, has spurred the Bar Council to seek urgent changes to the fee rates. The Bar is concerned that solicitors’ hourly legal aid rates for minor court work, established before […]

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