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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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North West set St Johns Buildings has joined the Manchester Law Society in an effort to make better connections with solicitors. Head of chambers Michael Redfern QC said the move would help chambers compete with new entrants to the sector in the post-Legal Services Act environment. Development manager David Anderson commented: “Suppliers of legal services […]

Baker & McKenzie scores with Boon Rawd for Man Utd tie-up

Baker & McKenzie has advised Thailand-based Boon Rawd Brewery in its £6m sponsorship deal with Manchester United FC. Boon Rawd Brewery, which owns the Singha Beer brand, has secured exclusive rights to supply lager at the Old Trafford stadium as part of the three-year deal. It also has also the rights to display the Singha […]

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A touch of Das: Orjit Das, Genpact Europe

General counsel Orijit Das has taken Genpact Europe from ostensible start-up to being one of the fastest-expanding companies around. He tells Andrew Pugh about the changing face of life as an in-house lawyer When Orijit Das was offered the European general counsel job at Genpact Europe he was asked to help the company build ’rollercoasters’. […]

View from the postroom

Two months after its marriage the newly merged Hogan Lovells is still very much in getting-to-know-you mode. But one area where this will not need much work is the postroom, where one of the firm’s longest-serving members of backroom staff makes it his business to keep communications flowing smoothly. Hogan Lovells messenger Bernie Finn went […]

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Time’s up for Fleet Street legal stalwart

After more than 30 years as a lawyer for The Times, Alastair Brett left this month. Katy Dowell looks back at a glittering career and conjectures on why it all ended so abruptly The gossipmongers work hard in Fleet Street, so when news that The Times’ most senior lawyer Alastair Brett had left the paper […]

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