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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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Last Cawthra helpline will advise on holiday disasters

Bradford firm Last Cawthra Feather has set up a holiday complaints helpline to cater for the flood of enquiries that occur at the end of each summer. The aim is to give quick advice to holiday makers who believe they have a claim and then send out a questionnaire in order to identify it. Neil […]

Nortons denies problems as eight quit property dept

THE COMMERCIAL Property Department at City firm Norton Rose has been hit by a rash of defections among its senior assistant solicitor ranks. In the past few months, five of the department’s high ranking assistants have left to join other firms, with one of them joining as a partner. Three juniors have also handed in […]

In brief: LCD consults over hearsay evidence

Lawyers are being consulted on how hearsay evidence should be introduced into civil proceedings in England and Wales. Recipients of a paper distributed by The Lord Chancellor’s Department are asked if there should be time limits on a party’s request for the oral evidence of hearsay, and how developments in computer evidence should be introduced […]

Trademark dispute gets a local helping hand

When it comes to intellectual property disputes, companies invariably choose one of the major London specialists. In one pending High Court action, however, northern company Defender Security Systems has sought legal advice from a firm on its own doorstep. Solicitor Jonathan Armstrong, a member of the fast-expanding IP department at Keeble Hawson Rodgers & Howe […]

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