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By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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Household names up in arms over class action transparency legislation

In-housers baffled and furious in equal measure by lawsuit show-and-tell rules. By Andrew Pugh In-house lawyers in some of the US’s biggest businesses are ­fighting plans that would force them to ­disclose potential losses from class action lawsuits. The proposals, which have been drawn up by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and which would […]

Food manufacturer Bakkavör names GC

Bakkavör Group, the international prepared foods ­manufacturer, has appointed John Stansbury as general counsel and company secretary. He will be responsible for all legal and company secretarial affairs for the company’s operations in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Stansbury, who began his career as a Chicago-based litigator, joins the company after a […]

Herbies poised to reappoint managing partner

Herbert Smith managing partner David Willis looks set to stand unopposed for a second term. The deadline for nominations closes this week and, as of last Friday (24 September), no challengers had come forward. Sources at the firm say it is highly unlikely any rival candidates will throw their hats into the ring, making Willis’s […]

DMH develops London with corpfin figure

DMH Stallard has hired the former corporate finance chief of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells in the latest step in its plan to expand in London. Chris Ashworth joins the firm as a consultant, and will help develop DMH’s corporate and M&A ­offering in the City. He is the ­latest in a string of high-profile arrivals at the Gatwick-headquartered […]

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