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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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Seemingly unabashed by a string of doomed romances, serial seducer Ralph Baxter is back. As reported on the TheLawyer.com today, the Orrick chairman is locked in talks about a potential tie-up with US firm Akin Gump (see story). If successful the combined firm would have more than 1,800 lawyers and a turnover of around $1.8bn. […]

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