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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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The former head of Olswang‘s Reading office, Marshall Leopold, is leaving the firm next month. Leopold joined Olswang three years ago when the firm acquired Garretts’ former Reading office. He was the first of the group of eight partners to make equity, while his Thames Valley contacts made him a pivotal figure as Olswang attempted […]

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