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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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What are the problems that can arise when an office-holder leaves one firm for another? Simon Moore offers practical guidance on how firms can retain or transfer appointments Even though a significant proportion of licensed insolvency practitioners are partners in firms of accountants, the current legislative framework (the Insolvency Act 1986 sections 389(1) and 390(1)) […]

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