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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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A marriage of convenience

The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of a familiar friend with the help of a once-disaffected partner: it could be lifted straight from the pages of Jane Austen — or at least Heat magazine. The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of […]

Fenwick & West guides Virgin’s US entry

Virgin America has appointed US firm Fenwick & West to advise on the $200m (£100.8m) financing exercises related to its launch in the US. Fenwick’s eight-member transactional team worked on the financing for the airline’s launch, which comprised two rounds of raising both debt and equity funding. Partners Gordon Davidson, David Bell and Blaken Stafford […]

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Another day, another environmental initiative. This time Beachcroft is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 5 per cent. A mere 5 per cent? Don’t chortle. Beachcroft already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the legal market (see story). And the latest in another long line of IT press releases masquerading as green […]

Freshfields follows CC with US push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has followed magic circle rival Clifford Chance in parachuting key lawyers into its New York office. Freshfields has recently sent two partners and three associates to New York. Dispute resolution partner Brian King has moved to Manhattan from Amsterdam, taking three associates with him, and corporate partner Julian Pritchard has moved from […]

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