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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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Technology, Media and Telecoms

Cable & Wireless buys Baynton Thompson Networks to form Cable & Wireless BTN. Baynton Thompson Networks advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Barry Maytum). Cable & Wireless advised by Rowe & Maw.

Simmons to export rail capability

Simmons & Simmons has consolidated its position in the rail sector with an appointment to advise the Republic of Ireland on the policy framework for a IR£4.5bn (£3.6bn) Public Private Partnership (PPP). Simmons & Simmons won the work as part of a consortium led by Ernst & Young, which included WS Atkins, Fitzpatrick Associates and […]

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New year, new job? Plenty of you must have resolved to update the CV, but how many of you would resort to joining the bean counters? Quite a few it would seem. Finance partners are the latest targets for the aggressive poaching of the accountancy-tied law firms, with both Andersen Legal and Tite & Lewis […]

NHS hacks clinical negligence panel

The National Health Service is slashing at least six firms from its clinical negligence panel in a review of its legal services. It is believed that Trowers & Hamlins, Mills & Reeve, Scrivenger Seabrook, Le Brasseur J Tickle, Davies Arnold Cooper and Crutes are all taking part in an NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) debriefing process […]

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