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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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Burges Salmon sets up job site for Halliwells trainees

Students whose Halliwells training contracts were cancelled after the firm went into administration have been offered a potential lifeline by Burges Salmon. The Bristol firm hopes that every law firm in the country will sign up to a project that will attempt to match trainees with firms located in a region where they are able […]

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Law firm partner loses retirement age appeal

Firms can legitimately retire partners at 65 as long as the action is justified, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The ruling comes as the Government announced plans to scrap the default retirement  age (DRA) as early as October 2011. Lawyer Leslie Seldon, whose firm Clarkson Wright  & Jakes (CWJ) made him retire when he […]

Brown Rudnick in Baltic Oil fee claim

US firm Brown Rudnick has launched a High Court claim against Russian oil and gas business Baltic Oil Terminals. US firm Brown Rudnick has launched a High Court claim against Russian oil and gas business Baltic Oil Terminals. The claim, which was issued by Brown Rudnick partner Neill Shrimpton, alleges that Baltic Oil failed to […]

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Nokia Siemens hires HP legal chief as general counsel

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has hired Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Europe legal chief as its general counsel. Joyce Norcini has left her role as HP’s general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and will join NSN on Monday (2 August). Norcini takes over from Sirpa-Helena Sormunen, who was installed as acting general counsel following the […]

Lehman payback

It was always going to take years for lawyers to unravel the financial maze behind the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But lawyers are now warning creditors that it could take several years longer to get their money back thanks to a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling earlier this week. The CoA panel of three, chaired by […]

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