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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Thug waged grudge war on solicitor

A SOLICITOR received threatening letters and telephone calls and had his car and home vandalised during a two-year hate campaign by a man with a mystery grudge. Richard Thornton, a partner with Leamington firm Blythe Liggins, received a stream of hate mail. The persecutor also daubed Thornton’s house in Warwick and his car with anti-semitic […]

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The Business Section of the IBA has raised £250,000 to mark its 25th anniversary. It set up an anniversary fund which will be used to support initiatives around the world to further the rule of law, the establishment of an independent legal profession and the practice of business law in emerging democracies. The fund backs […]

Business booms in Bristol

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has doubled the value of its commercial deals to a record £500 million over the last 12 months, claiming the upward trend reflects the growing demand for professional services in the city. Corporate partner David Marsh said there was “no shortage” of deals in 1994, with a strong start to 1995. […]

Circuit judge defends his honour after fraud arrest

CIRCUIT judge Richard Gee has released a press statement saying that he is confident he will emerge from mortgage fraud inquiries with his reputation “intact”. Gee, who was arrested last week and questioned at Belgravia police station, is alleged to have been involved in fraud occurring between 1980 and 1989. His arrest was confirmed in […]

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