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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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Mirza Ahmed: Birmingham City Council

Mirza Ahmed leads the charge at the UK’s largest local authority, Birmingham City Council. By Jon Parker Heading the legal team at the largest local authority in the UK takes a lot of confidence. Fortunately, Birmingham City Council’s Mirza Ahmed has plenty. “We’ve succeeded, so the idea of challenges is relative,” he says. Field marshal […]

City of San Diego sues Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins is facing a $10m lawsuit from former client the City of San Diego over claims it failed to properly conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing by City Hall officials. The case is reminiscent of the Enron debacle in which Vinson is still a defendant in a multi-billon dollar lawsuit […]

May the source be with you

As attitudes towards outsourcing become more refined, lawyers need to ensure they are up to speed. Michael Chissick and Belinda Doshi report It is not often that outsourcing hits the BBC’s 10pm news. But that is exactly what happened in June when Powergen announced that it would be closing its Indian call centres and moving […]

Latham scoops former MBRM securitisation star

Former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw securitisation star Mark Nicolaides has resurfaced at Latham & Watkins to spearhead its drive into the European asset-backed securities market. Christopher Hall, vice chair of Latham’s global finance department, told The Lawyer: “In London we have a footprint in leveraged finance, project finance and debt restructuring. Mark’s practice is […]

Clifford Chance and Permira link up for pro bono initiative

Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. The initiative follows on from the magic circle firm’s similar pro bono link-up […]

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