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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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Redundancy consultation knocks Addleshaws’ Manchester employment team

Addleshaw Goddard has entered into redundancy talks with two associates in its Manchester-based employment team. A source said that the wider group, which comprises 40 lawyers and eight partners, are not likely to be impacted by the move. The consultation process ends on Thursday (13 February 2014). A spokesperson for the firm said: “We are […]

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Wragges takes control of post-merger management board

Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham (LG) have confirmed the line up of the new post-merger management board, with just two spots taken up by Lawrence Graham partners. Wragge & Co and LG finally decided to merge after partners voted for the move in December, creating a £170m firm under the brand Wragge Lawrence Graham […]

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By Ellen Williamson and Emma Bloomer The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 was introduced into parliament on 14 November 2013. The stated aim of the bill is to substantially replicate the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth) (BCII Act). In light of recent press regarding alleged corruption and links between […]

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Here comes Cooley, what’s not to like?

California’s Cooley, Facebook’s lawyers of choice, has its eyes on a London opening. Eventually. Last week Cooley posted record financial results for the 2013 year, reporting a 9 per cent rise in revenue to its highest-ever total of $674m (3 February 2014). Average profit per equity partner also rose, getting up above $1.5m for the […]

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Dacheng overhauls management structure in latest leadership election

Chinese giant Dacheng has kicked-started an election process for a new leadership team under a new governance and management structure. Beijing-headquartered Dacheng, which is home to nearly 3,000 lawyers across 41 offices, is in the process of electing members for its top management line-up, which is made up of a 17-member partnership council, a five-member […]

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