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By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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Davis Polk, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher line up for election scheme

A trio of US elite firms are working pro bono to answer questions from US voters during the election. Lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will be manning the phones to address questions and concerns from the electorate as part of the Election Protection scheme, which is […]

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