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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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Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill) advised motor insurer Ockham Holdings on its announced placing and open offer to raise £25m. Ashursts (Ian Webb) also advised Numis Securities, the organisation underwriting the placing. The offer is on the basis of 17 new Ockham shares for every 30 existing shares and has to be approved by shareholders. […]

Freshfields ramps up partnership in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected more new partners to its partnership in Germany than it has in the UK From 1 May there will be eight new partners in the UK, while 11 have been elected in Germany. Three have been elected in Milan, two in Amsterdam but none in the US. Chief executive Alan […]

Landwell fronts global tax fight

Landwell, PriceWater-houseCoopers’ tied law firm, has been appointed lead counsel on a £1.5bn case brought by foreign companies about UK taxation A team led by partner Simon Whitehead was given the lead role at a case management meeting this month.Landwell is representing more than 50 per cent of the claimants involved in the case, which […]

Shock result in Theodore Goddard election as non-lawyer takes over

Theodore Goddard has elected a non-lawyer as a chief operating officer (COO) in place of a managing partner Nigel West, a former banker who currently heads up the firm’s banking and projects group, has been elected to replace managing partner Peter Cooke, who steps down at the end of April.The firm will now be run […]

Luxembourg and the Netherlands face ECJ

The Luxembourg and Dutch governments both face court after breaking a deadline to implement EU free establishment directives The member states were supposed to inform the European Commission (EC) by 14 March as to how they had incorporated the law that allows lawyers the right to work across the EU, but neither has done so. […]

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