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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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Watson Burton has seen its half-year turnover rocket by 59 per cent. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (28 November), the North East firm, currently in the higher reaches of The Lawyer Rising 50, posted a six month-figure of £10.8m, up from £6.8m for the same period last year. If the firm’s fee income continues to […]

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Lewis Silkin has lost its fourth partner in seven months as former corporate head Clare Grayston jumps ship to Nabarro Nathanson. Grayston’s move follows the losses of property partner Adam Perry to Halliwells in June, followed by corporate partner Paul Glassberg to Finers Stephens Innocent and employee incentives head Guy Abbiss to Bird & Bird […]

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