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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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The trial of the suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 finally appeared in a Scottish Court this week, or more correctly in a former basketball court in a gym at a former US air base in The Netherlands which has been declared Scottish soil for the duration of the trial. The two […]

Clayton Utz on expansion drive

The expansion drive in the firm’s Government Services Group is part of it’s strategy to bring in more outsourced government legal work. The firm has already brought in former immigration secretary Chris Conybeare and former government lawyers Paul Armarego, Wal Jurkiewicz and John Carroll. Further appointments are understood to be announced soon. National chairman Brian […]

Jeffrey Green hit by partner exodus

West End commercial firm Jeffrey Green Russell has lost a seventh partner in six months prompting speculation that partners are unhappy with its management style. A source close to the 23-partner firm says the flood of departures in the last six months is the result of unhappiness with management. “People are not happy with the […]

Talk of focus is just tunnel vision

Focus. For those of us of a certain age this may well bring back memories of a certain Dutch rock band from the early 1970s. However, in more recent years it is a word applied to law firms in enough articles and consultants reports to make a significant dent in the Amazonian rainforests. To survive, […]

Martineau Johnson/ Mills & Reeve merger off

After months of intensive talks, the 53-partner firm Mills & Reeve – which has offices in Cambridge, Birmingham, Cardiff and Norwich – and 34-partner Birmingham based Martineau Johnson decided there was “insufficient synergy” between the two to make a merger possible. Martineau’s managing partner, David Gwyther says: “There is a good deal of mutual respect […]

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