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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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Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with the internal agreement between members remaining confidential. “This is likely to be of particular interest to professional firms such as lawyers, accountants […]

NSB

NSB Retail Systems launches rights issue to finance its acquisition of Canadian-based STS. NSB advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Guy Billington). Financial adviser and joint underwriter Close Brothers advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Adrian Clark). ING Barings was joint underwriter and broker.

Clifford Chance faces £54m suit over China deal

Southern Energy (Shajiao C) Ltd, a global energy provider and its subsidiary Consolidated Electric Power Asia, are among the five-strong consortium suing the law firm for the alleged breach of the 1991 contract. Clifford Chance, which has built up a prosperous practice in Hong Kong with 130 lawyers advising Chinese companies, grossed more than £440 […]

Norton Rose-Gaedertz merger breaks down

Merger talks between Norton Rose and Gaedertz have been thrown into disarray with the German firm’s failure to approve the link-up. A partner vote at Gaedertz failed to secure the minimum 80 per cent approval required from partners. It is understood that the result fell some way below the requisite level. “There was some difference […]

Orrick's UK founder quits for Tite & Lewis

The founder of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office is leaving to launch a structured finance practice at Tite & Lewis, the law firm tied to accountants Ernst & Young (E&Y). Tamara Box, who opened the office for US firm Orrick in 1996, will be the first structured finance and securitisation partner in an accountancy-tied […]

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