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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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Firm fights £1m damages bill

An Appeal Court challenge is being mounted by former law firm Simpson Curtis over a High Court decision which left it facing a £1m damages bill for breach of duty. On 28 May this year, Mr Justice Park held the firm liable for losses incurred after the collapse of a 1989 property deal. Simpson Curtis […]

Casting your net wider

The internet is now the home of business. Even self-professed technophobe Tony Blair agrees. And, as the legal profession continues to consolidate globally, law firms are also looking at its potential. Nearly all the law firms in the top 100 now have websites. These function mainly as marketing vehicles but firms are increasingly using their […]

In brief: Titmuss Sainer Dechert

Titmuss Sainer Dechert failed to set a precedent in a rent review case against independent experts. The firm advised Currys in a High Court case against a senior partner of a surveyors in which the chain claimed a yearly rent for a store was negligently high. The judge ruled the lease forced the rent to […]

Sensible soundings

As our analysis this week shows, there are very few who still hold up the secret soundings system as an example of the way a modern society should appoint its highest legal figures. The Bar Council admits that the system needs to change preferring an advisory committee made up of judges and senior lawyers. Pressure […]

In brief: 11 Bolt Court

11 Bolt Court has become the first set of chambers to be recommended for the BarMark by the British Standards Institute which positively audited the set on Friday. The set is understood to be in advanced merger negotiations with 7 Stone Buildings.

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