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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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Camerons' eastern promise set to go West

Cameron McKenna is set to follow the likes of Clifford Chance and Linklaters & Alliance into the risky game of global expansion (The Lawyer, 15 March). This week, the firm will officially announce plans to expand its business into North America. In April it will make a second announcement which will reveal details of its […]

Govt told to force QCs to do more pro bono

SILKS should do one day a month pro bono work in return for being made QCs, says the Labour MP masterminding a campaign against the present system. Solicitor and MP Andrew Dismore says barristers who receive an average £250,000 as juniors and then enjoy a leap in earnings on being made QCs should pay back […]

Bakers IT partner to run client's in-house team

A Baker & McKenzie partner is leaving to join a long-standing IT client of the firm, just six months after being appointed partner. Graham Allan, an IT specialist, will become European managing attorney of Cisco Systems. “I have always harboured ambitions to work in industry and the opportunity with Cisco gives me a chance to […]

In brief: Nabarro Nathanson

Nabarro Nathanson has appointed Nicole Paradise as its new managing partner. Paradise is only the second female managing partner among the top 20 law firms. Nabarros’ management structure consists of a three-partner executive from which Paradise was chosen to lead the firm.

Match made in heaven

Maurice Watkins Maurice Watkins stands to gain £16m if the MMC approves BSkyB’s bid for his famous client. Tim Watkin interviews the senior partner of James Chapman. Maurice Watkins had no idea that a death would change his life and make him one of the most envied men in the legal profession. It was 1976 […]

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