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AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

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 […]

How Vodafone reviewed its legal team’s workflow

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 […]

Facebook: you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

By Gavin Ferguson and Alice Bricogne In this Q&A Advocate Gavin Ferguson and senior associate Alice Bricogne explain how changes in the industry since the trusts boom in the 1980s and early 1990s have led to the blurring of the lines between contentious and non-contentious practitioners…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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Bird & Bird keeps CCTA IT business

Bird & Bird has beaten off competition from five other firms to retain its £1m post as legal adviser to the Government’s Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA). The firm has held the post since 1994 but earlier this year, as part of the agency’s competitive retendering exercise, five other practices were asked to make […]

What's in a name?

Having read The Lawyer for several months, I cannot understand why you call it “the newspaper for the legal profession”. It ought to be called “the newspaper for solicitors, particularly those with a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the Bar”. No so catchy I’ll grant you, but far more accurate. Paul Burton, […]

LAB contracting plans will restrict access to justice, say lawyers' groups

The Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) proposed contracting of civil legal aid work will reduce choice for clients and turn the family lawyer into an “endangered species”, according to solicitors’ pressure groups. The LAB’s consultation paper, published last week, proposes restricting family contracts to between 2,000 and 3,000 firms, not-for-profit contracts to between 200 and 300 […]

Drug-driving holds heavy risks

Roger Pearson looks at the implications of the most recent drug-driving ruling and the problems of ensuring that justice is carried out The risks faced by drink-drivers are well understood, but a recent High Court decision has revealed that drivers who smoke cannabis are running far greater and less known risks than those who drink. […]

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