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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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In brief: Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling, the US firm, has recruited five UK lawyers to join its London European acquisition finance group. They are Bruce Hendry from Dickson Minto, Nicky Blair from Watson Farley & Williams, Leonard Fung from Simmons & Simmons, Kelly Knight from Ashurst Morris Crisp, and Leigh White from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week. The Lawyer incorrectly stated that Maurice Millen, who was leaving DAC to join Macfarlanes, was a senior lawyer. Millen was DAC’s head of IT. We apologise to the two firms for any inconvenience this may have caused. We would also like to apologise to Millen for any embarrassment caused by […]

Welsh Assembly practice decision provides boost for Welsh lawyers

Welsh lawyers are hoping to cash in on extra work following a ruling allowing challenges to Welsh Assembly decisions to be heard in Cardiff not London. A practice direction issued last week by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, creates a Crown Office in Cardiff. The direction also advises lawyers on how to spot devolutionary […]

Loeffs sheds advocacy partners in A&O link-up

Dutch-Belgian law firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke is understood to be shedding up to a third of its partners to prepare for its merger with Allen & Overy. Dutch sources say Loeffs plans to dump its advocacy department to become a pure corporate firm. Loeffs partners specialising in court hearings, like barristers in the UK, are […]

Perfecting the pitch

How badly do law firms want to win work? Well, insurance practice Weightmans, for one, admits to using professional actors as “extras” when it pitches for business. National law firm Bevan Ashford is so keen to perfect its presentation skills when pitching for in-house work that it is considering hiring professional actors to coach its […]

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