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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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Scottish firm Gillespie MacAndrew is to open an office in Perth on 3 September. This will be the firm’s second office in Scotland, after having a presence in Edinburgh since 1976. The new office, which opens officially on 3 September, will initially house a team of four lawyers, led by land and rural business partner […]

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Deutsche Bank hires Cleary’s von Dryander as German GC

Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton banking veteran Christof von Dryander as its new general counsel for Germany and Central and Eastern Europe. Von Dryander replaces Arne Wittig, who is joining ThyssenKrupp as general counsel on 1 October (5 July 2012). As well as becoming the regional general counsel, […]

GC of US copyright office to help music industry tackle online piracy

The long-standing general counsel of the US Copyright Office is to join music sector trade lobby the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as head of global policy from 24 September. Carson, who has been general counsel of the US Copyright Office since 1997, replaces former legal chief Shira Perlmutter, who joined IFPI from […]

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A&O, Freshfields and Simmons ink pre-pack sale to save Mouchel

Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have advised on the financial restructuring of public infrastructure group Mouchel, which involved the pre-pack sale of its assets to its lenders and management. Woking-headquartered Mouchel retained a Freshfields team led by finance partner Simon Johnson, corporate partner Farah Ispahani and restructuring partner Adam […]

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BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct

A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned. Portia O’Connor was the first barrister to become a partner in an LDP when she set up Pegasus Legal in 2010. But a Bar Standards Board (BSB) disciplinary tribunal convicted her of professional misconduct […]

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