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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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Irish suicide solicitor leaves £10m compensation claims

FORMER clients of a wealthy Dublin solicitor, who killed himself as his accounts were being investigated, have lodged compensation claims with the Irish Law Society totalling £l0 million. It is the largest amount claimed in relation to one legal practice since the Solicitors’ Compensation Fund was established. Now the society has begun an action against […]

Pannones strikes at PI niche

A BOOM in automatic strike-out negligence cases against personal injury solicitors is set to provide a niche market to Pannone & Partners through a novel use of conditional fees. The firm will focus on the strike-outs of cases under Order 17 Rule 11 where solicitors have been caught by the ’15 month rule’ and, usually […]

Judge to lead Barings action group

RETIRED appeal judge Sir Patrick Neill has agreed to lead the SJ Berwin legal team advising the Barings 9.25 per cent Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG) in its attempt to recover £100 million lost in the bank’s collapse. Sir Patrick will work with, among others, SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone who was appointed chair of […]

Bill poses threat for actuaries

Nicholson Graham & Jones (NG&J) is warning actuaries that the new Pensions Bill, which received Royal assent on 20 July, will significantly change their future role. NG&J partner Ian Pittaway says: “This Act is potentially very dangerous for actuaries.” NG&J lawyers had expected wholesale amendments to the Bill due to the deficiencies of its drafting, […]

Defining a duty of care to residents

A legal battle with wide ranging implications for local authorities anxious to hive off unprofitable residential care responsibilities to the private sector is now to be considered by the Law Lords. In June the Court of Appeal ruled that the Department of Health was wrong when it told councils they could not opt out completely […]

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