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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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Simplification of outline planning applications

The UK government has continued its measures to streamline the planning process with the publication of the Town and Country (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment No 3) Order (DMPO) 2012, which came into effect on 31 January 2013. The effect of this amendment to the DMPO is to reduce the information required for outline planning […]

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Tax star Aaronson teams up with senior litigators for boutique launch

Top tax silk Graham Aaronson QC has joined forces with former One Essex Court barrister Joe Hage to launch a litigation boutique for ultra high value disputes. The new outfit, Hage Aaronson, has already secured the addition of a trio of leading tax partners from Dorsey & Whitney for its tax litigation team. Partner Michael […]

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Boutique boom

The rise of the litigation boutique has been one of the key features of the profession in the post-2008 disputes boom. Fed up of being the poor relation in major firms, several litigators have taken the plunge and gone it alone with their own shop. Former Addleshaw Goddard partner Simon Twigden was among the first. […]

Scotland

Semple Fraser: tip of the Scottish iceberg?

As Semple Fraser bites the dust, thoughts turn to health of others north of the border On 6 March Scottish firm Semple Fraser informed staff that management had filed notice to appoint administrators. The news came a month after Cobbetts sought protection from creditors, before it was snapped up by DWF. RSM Tenon has been […]

London

Pre-merger Salans reports modest revenue growth

European firm Salans has reported growth of 1.6 per cent in its final full financial year as an independent firm ahead of its three-way merger with SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain at the end of this month. Salans’ turnover for 2012 rose to €209.5m (£181.5m), up from €206.3m in 2011 (5 March 2012). Net […]

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