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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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Agriculture ace feels pull of home

Birmingham firm Shakespeares is looking to recruit a new head for its agricultural law unit following the departure of Nigel Davis. Davis, a leading agricultural lawyer and founder member of the AgriLaw group of specialist lawyers, left Shakespeares to join East Midlands firm Roythorne & Co at the start of this month. Andrew Argyle, managing […]

Law groups unite to defeat ad threat

The UK’s law societies have joined forces with the German Federal Bar in an attempt to scupper a European Commission directive which would allow comparative advertising between law firms. The groups, which share an office in Brussels, have enlisted the support of UK MEP Philip Whitehead to table an amendment in the European Parliament to […]

Call for law to stop building societies turning into banks

A former bank of England economist has called for new laws to prevent the UK’s few remaining building societies from being converted to banks. Rob Thomas, now a building society analyst for UBS, said the UK’s “treasured” mutually-owned building societies should be saved by laws to stop members enriching themselves on conversion to bank status. […]

In brief: Bankrupt Bryan owes Penningtons £10,000

John Bryan, former financial adviser to the Duchess of York, has been declared bankrupt, and owes £9,487 to City law firm Penningtons. A bankruptcy order issued at the High Court in London gave Bryan 21 days to detail bank accounts and other financial affairs to meet debts totalling £60,000.

Lincoln deal picked up by Eversheds

LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has hired lawyers from Eversheds to do the legal work for the privatisation of two of its departments. The Nottingham office of the national firm will handle the “externalisation” of Translinc and Lincway. Lincway, the council’s road and grounds maintenance and construction division, has an annual turnover of £17 million. Translinc, which […]

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