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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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Martineau turnover down ten per cent; PEP drops by a quarter

Birmingham-based Martineau has posted a 24 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year. Equity partners will make an average of £198,000 compared with £260,000 for the 2007-08 financial year. This comes as the firm reports a drop in turnover of nine per cent, falling from £23.2m in 2007-08 […]

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Paying the piper

The notion of partners earning less than their associates has always been the stuff of legend. In the terrible slump of the 1990s there was a number of firms where, it was whispered, the senior associates took home more than their bosses. But Blake Lapthorn, one of the stalwarts of The Lawyer’s top 100, is […]

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