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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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In the second half of 2015 Vodafone began to review the workflow of its property legal team. The impetus behind the move was to get away from the in-house team’s immersion in every part of the property process, allied to a requirement across the business for greater efficiency, visibility of risk and digitisation. The Vodafone […]

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By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

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Making inroads into India

The relative stability of India has made it an attractive proposition for firms looking to do business there, writes Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. In India, a deeply and intensely politicised country, small groups can hold up progress for long periods and the whole country may have to wait while a few […]

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Theodore Goddard has lured David Harvey from Mishcon de Reya’s banking team. In February, The Lawyer revealed that Harvey had left Mishcons’ equity at the start of the year to become a consultant following what is believed to have been a dispute with the firm’s remuneration committee. Theodore Goddard managing partner Peter Kavanagh said: “On […]

In brief: LAB's Hodge says small firms may die out

Small firms are set to disappear, says Legal Aid Board deputy chairman Henry Hodge. He told the Solicitors’ Annual Conference in Cardiff that with all of the top firms already earning 43 per cent of all the fees, sole practitioners and small practices were destined to die out. “Small firms will disappear, I think, just […]

In brief: QC Mansfield faces Bar conduct enquiry

Leading criminal barrister Michael Mansfield QC is facing enquiries from the Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee of the Bar Council after an allegation that video evidence from the Stephen Lawrence case was passed to the producers of a Channel 4 documentary. It is contended that the videos, originally used as part of the Lawrence family’s […]

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