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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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Worth the Weightmans?

Congratulations are due to the five Weightmans associates today celebrating their ascension to the hallowed ranks of the firm’s fixed-share partnership (see story). But these lucky juniors might just be in line for entry into Norris McWhirter’s big old book under ’Length of Time as Partner (shortest)’. That’s because the unmistakable scent of merger is […]

UGGC increases Chinese capabilities with exclusive Concord relationship

French firm UGGC & Associés has formed an exclusive partnership with Chinese firm Concord & Partners as it ramps up its presence in the country. UGGC has its own offices in ­Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, but partner Olivier Lefébure said the partnership with Concord is an effort to expand its client base in China. Lefébure said the two firms […]

Nabarro to represent Government on coalminer liabilities

Nabarro has set up a northshoring arrangement that will see it manage all strategic, legal and claims work ­related to sick coalminers from its Sheffield office. The firm has signed a deal with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to handle all its liabilities resulting from the former British Coal Corporation and its subsidiaries […]

Borrowed time

With sovereign debt problems sweeping Europe, is an increase in insolvencies likely? Not necessarily, says Frank Tschentscher May you live in interesting times” is reputed to be the English ­translation of an ancient Chinese curse heaped upon an enemy, and I cannot remember a time of greater uncertainty than the present one. Skyrocketing government debt in Europe and […]

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Man at M&A: Matthew Dobson, Barclays

Barclays M&A legal chief Matthew Dobson believes his job combines the best parts of in-house and private practice, says Andrew Pugh Since he moved to the bank four years ago from Australian firm Blake Dawson, Barclays M&A legal chief Matthew Dobson has taken a leading role on a series of big-ticket deals. That means much of his work […]

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