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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Johnson Stokes rejigs top jobs as senior partner retires

Johnson Stokes & Master has reshuffled the senior roles within its Hong Kong-based head office following the retirement of the firm’s senior partner. Simon Ip has retired from the firm’s partnership after 32 years with the firm, eight of which were spent as senior partner. He will stay on as an honorary adviser to the […]

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South Africa firm Deneys Reitz has reignited its old ties with Clifford Chance to act for Barclays on its attempt to secure a majority shareholding in the country’s largest retail bank Absa. Deneys won the mandate after being recommended to Barclays by JPMorgan, which is also advising the UK bank on the deal. Barclays is […]

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