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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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Eversheds comments on PAC report that says whistleblowers do not have enough protection

Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination at Eversheds, has commented on a recently issued Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report that is highly critical of the treatment of whistleblowers and a perceived failure by government to introduce effective law. The report concludes that in many cases employees do not know to whom they should report wrongdoing […]

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The advent of driverless cars on UK public roads will make accident diagnosis increasingly difficult, according to Peter Shervington, product liability expert at Eversheds. He said: ‘The trend of shifting responsibility away from the motorist towards vehicle and parts manufacturers has a long history: the introduction of electronic engine management systems in the 1990s took […]

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