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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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City firms woo US partners

CITY FIRMS Herbert Smith and Freshfields are bucking the transatlantic appointment trend by recruiting US lawyers. Herbert Smith is adding two new partners to its international securities practice. US lawyers Jim Wickenden and Allen Hanen will be joining in March this year from the London office of US investment bankers JP Morgan. Freshfields is gaining […]

Chiefs in contract war with investors

John Farr, head of employment, Herbert Smith David Cheyne, corporate partner, Linklaters Alasdair Simpson, senior partner, Manches & Co The swift departure of Mirror Group boss David Montgomery was taken as a sign of a new era of “shareholder activism”, with bolshy institutions removing chief executives when they are displeased with their performance. A new […]

Top chambers hits out after 'cronyism' claim

Lord Irvine’s former chambers, 11 King’s Bench Walk, is hitting back against allegations of “cronyism”. The accusations were sparked by a Tory MP after it emerged that the bulk of legal work commissioned by the Lord Chancellor’s Department since Irvine took the helm has gone to his former set. Since May 1997, 11 King’s Bench […]

RMC Group

The management at UK building company RMC Group must be glad that 1998 isbehind them. Last year began with a profit warning due to difficult trading conditionsin Germany, where one of the group’s largest operations is based. RMC began to whittle down its operations to focus on its core function as a heavy building materials […]

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