LONald the robot extracts data from documents and enters it into a spreadsheet in a fraction of the time it takes humans.
Law firms are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to improve efficiency.
Developed in conjunction with tech start-up RAVN, BLP’s ‘contract robot’ can complete legal work which would take a team of paralegals and associates months to do within seconds.
It is currently assisting the firm’s real estate team.
Called LONald, the robot extracts data from Land Registry documents and enters it into a spreadsheet in the same way staff would do.
It cross-checks data points to remove duplicates and then uses the spreadsheet to send queries out.
For example, it can send an enquiry to Companies House to check if the address in the document matches the company number.
If the address is out of date, the robot will flag it for review.
The team will then consider all flagged documents in one go at the review stage.
Victoria Blanchard, consultant at BLP said: “It converts unstructured data (e.g. contracts, official copies) into structured output (e.g. a spreadsheet), in a fraction of the time it takes a human (a few seconds) and with a higher degree of accuracy.
“The lawyers then do the higher level strategic review to make sure nothing is missed,” she said.
Peter Wallqvist, managing director at RAVN Systems, said the use cases are unlimited: “In addition to law firms implementing a variety of automated review processes, RAVN is working with organisations from the media, telecoms, professional services and financial services sectors to revolutionise their handling of unstructured data.
“Use cases include automated due diligence, document review, contract assurance, governance and financial instrument processing,” he said.
Linklaters and Pinsent Masons are also investing in AI to help automate mundane tasks usually preserved for more junior lawyers.
Lord Jim O’Neill published a global action plan – commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014 – which sets out a series of measures aiming to tackle the threat:
Reducing the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs in healthcare settings
Monitoring and reducing superfluous use of the drugs in farming
Quicker progress to be made on banning or restricting antibiotics that are vital for human health from being used in animals
Better use of diagnostic tools to help reduce unnecessary use of the drugs
A global public awareness campaign about the problem of drug resistance
Increasing the supply of new antibiotic drugs
One of his proposals suggests that big pharmaceutical companies should “play or pay” – meaning they either join the search to hunt for new antibiotics or be forced to pay a fine. But those who do and find successful new treatments should be rewarded handsomely.
My review not only makes it clear how big a threat AMR is to the world, with a potential 10 million people dying each year by 2050, but also now sets out a workable blueprint for bold, global action to tackle this challenge. The actions that I’m setting out today are ambitious in their scope – but this is a problem which it is well within our grasp to solve if we take action now.
– LORD O’NEILL
The report points out that the process of determining whether or not a patient needs antimicrobial drugs, especially antibiotics, has not changed for decades.
“Rapid diagnostics would be able to reduce use of antibiotics by letting doctors know if a patient has an infection and if this infection is viral or bacterial, meaning that antibiotics will only be given out to patients who need them,” the report states.
Lord O’Neill, said that antibiotics are treated “like sweets” as he called on governments across the world’s richest countries to mandate that by 2020 antibiotics could only be prescribed following a rapid diagnostic test, wherever one exists.
He said that introducing this mandate will lead to advances in technology and diagnostic tools by opening a new market for them.
Health leaders from around the world have raised serious concerns about the growing resistance to antibiotics.
Lord O’Neill likened the problem to “facing a growing enemy with a largely depleted armoury”.
Without antibiotics, many key medical procedures such as surgeries and chemotherapy could become too dangerous to perform.
Projections suggest that if nothing is done to control the rise of antibiotic resistant bugs, there will be 10 million deaths each year by 2050.
Failure to act will also cost the world over $100 trillion in lost output between 2014 and 2050, the review suggests.
Faith Evans posts lighthearted video with Lil Kim to Instagram.
Months after it was suggested that the feud between Faith Evans and Lil Kim was nearing an end, it appears that the two women have officially put their issues aside.
In a video repost Evans uploaded to her Instagram account, the singer can be seen dancing with Lil Kim as the New York City femcee raps along to Biggie’s “Get Money,” during rehearsal for the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.
Faith snapped a photo of Lil Kim during her performance at the concert, and later posted the picture to Instagram with the following caption:
“@lilkimthequeenbee making it do what it do! #hits #whatsbeef #thatishisplayedout #wegrown #teamfizzy #teamprolific #incomparablealbum”
Both Lil Kim and Faith Evans are slated to appear on the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. Other acts on the tour, which will kick off in August of this year, include Ma$e, Puff Daddy, The Lox, and French Montana.
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Thousands of children are being taught in unregistered schools across England, many more than previously thought, Ofsted’s chief inspector has said.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said a crackdown had found more than 100 suspected illegal schools – half of which were faith-based, Ofsted said.
Roughly a third of them were Islamic and a sixth either Christian or Jewish.
Seven warning notices have been issued to schools in London, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Luton and Staffordshire.
Any school offering 20 hours of lessons a week must be registered.
Unregistered schools are those that operate outside the supervision of the Department for Education, local authorities or Ofsted inspections.
They are often run by faith groups and there are concerns about the safety of pupils in their charge.
In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael said his team of seven experienced inspectors, working closely with DfE officials, had identified more than 100 suspected unregistered schools across the country since January.
“The evidence they have gathered so far during this short period firmly reinforces my belief that there are many more children hidden away from the view of the authorities in unregistered schools across the country than previously thought,” he said.
In the past month alone, seven unregistered schools with more than 400 children had been identified, Sir Michael told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.
He said his inspectors found schools operating in warehouses and old factory buildings, and the establishments were “often charging parents for the privilege”.
He said the children were in “very serious danger” and not just from the “filthy” premises, with open drains running through some of them.
“If the people in these institutions are not carefully vetted and they are not, then the wrong sort of people could be looking after these children,” he said.
“And they could be associating with people who have extremist views.”
Sir Michael added: “These children are not being educated well, the curriculum is being narrowed, often only religion being taught, homophobic literature being found.”
These schools were using the freedom of parents to home educate their children as a cover for their activities, he said.
“I think the rules around home education need to be tightened,” he said.
“There is a correlation between the growth of home education and the number of illegal schools that are now operating.”
He called on local authorities, who he emphasised “are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding all children whether they go to a local authority school or academy or free school”, to show vigilance and share intelligence.
Many of these schools are charging parents thousands of pounds, Sir Michael said.
Talking about the religious schools in particular, he said parents were sending their children because they were not satisfied with mainstream education “because music, for example, could be taught or creative subjects which they disapprove of”.
“And some religious leaders are encouraging their parents to do this – some leaders in the Muslim community and the Jewish community are doing it”.
A Department for Education spokesman said nothing was more important than keeping children safe, adding that councils have clear powers to take action where there are concerns.
“We have given new resources to Ofsted to investigate unregistered schools and to prepare case files for prosecution by the CPS.
“We have consulted on new measures to protect children in out of school settings offering intensive education. We received a large number of responses, which we are now considering, and will make a further announcement in due course.”
Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell accused the government of being “asleep at the wheel” and allowing extremely worrying and potentially dangerous practices to evolve in the schools system.
“The Tories’ education policy has led to a fragmented schools system lacking robust local oversight to spot and tackle serious problems early on.
“As a result, many children are dropping off the radar or ending up in illegal, unregistered schools for months or years, where they are at risk of being exposed to harm, exploitation, or the influence of extremist ideologies.”
A spokesman for children’s charity NSPCC said: “When picking these institutions, some parents might not know that such ‘schools’ are unregistered and employees haven’t had the proper background checks or safeguarding training and are unaware of the risks these pose to their children.
“It’s vital that every individual who works with children passes these checks to help keep every child safe.”