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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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Recognising real class when you see it

Of the numerous awards that were given out at last week’s The Lawyer Awards two particularly stood out. The first was assistant solicitor of the year Owen Williams of Clarke Willmott & Clarke. The plaudits on the night should be put alongside the fact that Williams was chosen by some of the most respected names […]

R&W to cut links with Paris office

Rogers & Wells is severing its ties with its Paris office, which has been attempting to opt out of the firm’s merger with Clifford Chance. The Lawyer understands that under internal arrangements Rogers & Wells is to sever its links with its Paris practice before the date of the merger on 1 January 2000. The […]

Eversheds lawyer goes in-house at DHL couriers

International courier company DHL is boosting its in-house legal team by appointing Eversheds associate Ian Carey. Carey will join DHL’s head office in Brussels as aviation counsel tomorrow. His appointment will bring the in-house legal count to eight. Previously at Eversheds, Carey worked in the banking department, specialising in aviation. He will replace Richard Churchill-Coleman […]

Royal Bank of Scotland goes local in US deal

The Royal Bank of Scotland has opted for a local US firm to advise on its multi-million-pound acquisition of UST Corporation. The u874m purchase of the Boston-based bank, made through Citizens Financial, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s New England arm, was handled by local firm Goodwin Procter & Hoar, while UK issues were handled in-house. […]

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