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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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I refer to the letter in The Lawyer, 2 June, which pins the blame for the fact that “there are too many candidates for far too few places” with firms on “schools and universities” advising students to go into law. This seems to me to be an entirely misconceived approach. Pupils from school choose to […]

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