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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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Scottish firms are gearing up for a better time after two years in the doldrums, says Margaret Taylor  After a torrid 2008-09, Scotland’s law firms continued to suffer during the 2009-10 financial year. Of the top 20 Scottish firms by turnover McGrigors, which posted a revenue rise of 10 per cent, recorded the highest […]

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Liverpool FC turns to Grabiner as ownership dispute heads to High Court

Liverpool Football Club has instructed One Essex Court silk Lord Grabiner QC in its High Court showdown with US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The case, which is expected to be heard in the next few days, will determine the fate  of the football club. Grabiner has been instructed by Slaughter and May partner […]

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