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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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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

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Flotations

Clifford Chance acted for Exchange Fund Investment on the launch of the largest-ever tracker fund to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The HK$33.3bn (£2.7bn) fund was four-times oversubscribed. A team of six lawyers at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office worked on the deal led by James Walker

Property

Speechly Bircham acted for Resolution Property in two lettings at Greater London House. Property partner Mark Smith advised Resolution. Book Club Associates, which has taken a 15-year lease on 55,000 sq ft over three floors, was represented by Michael Kutner, property partner at Edward Lewis, with property solicitor Alisa Lawrence. Kieser Training took a 15-year […]

Jamie Perry on awarding costs under new procedures

Jamie Perry is an associate in the dispute resolution department at Baker & McKenzie. Lord Justice Mance, sitting as a Commercial Court judge in Grupo Torras SA & anor v Sheikh Fahad Mohammed Al Sabah & ors, 5 July 1999, decided the question of whether a successful party should be denied all or part of […]

CPS lawyers rage at DPP's plan to teach them respect

Crown prosecutors have reacted with fury to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) proposal to farm them out to defence solicitors’ offices to “learn respect”. One of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors, who asks not to be named, says: “It’s absolutely outrageous. “The DPP is making out that we’re clueless novices in need of […]

Quote of the week

“Their application to the court looks like a script for Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” – Elan Steiberg of the World Jewish Congress on the news that some lawyers were charging up to £437 an hour for work on the class-action suit brought by victims of the Holocaust against Swiss Banks. One lawyer reportedly […]

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