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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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Fennemores exits cause firm’s collapse

Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced that they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors. The embattled £11m-turnover firm has been hit by a series of departures during the past months, beginning with the resignation of three partners in November 2005 to […]

International eye: Europe

Donna Sawyer on the month in Brussels VWEW splits over business strategy Brussels-based lawyers have been suffering from a collective case of itchy feet, with a number of firms undergoing changes. It kicked off with a bang in January when historic Brussels law firm VWEW saw all but one member of its competition and EU […]

DC’s Crowell & Moring overhauls management team

Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has elected both a new chairman and a new managing partner. Kent Gardiner, a partner in the firm’s antitrust group, succeeds incumbent John Macleod as chairman. A former trial lawyer with the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice, Gardiner has practiced with the firm for 19 years. He […]

Freshfields managing director quits

Freshfields managing director Kirk Stephenson has resigned from the magic circle firm in the first internal shake-up since its management election last year. Stephenson’s resignation, which will be seen as marking a break from the old management team, was announced to partners yesterday. Stephenson joined Freshfields as finance director in 1999 after spells as FD […]

Herbies’ in-house unit boosted by transfer of litigation partner

Herbert Smith has transferred a litigation partner into its in-house advocacy unit for the first time to work on the next stage of its development. Litigation partner Adam Johnson joins resident QCs Murray Rosen and Ian Gatt, as well as two associates and a trainee, in the unit, which was launched in May 2005. “I’ll […]

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