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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 Law Society council has voted to appoint a director general to head the society. The new figurehead will be the public face of the society and will take a role in policy formation. The council deferred a decision on whether the new role should be filled by a solicitor.

Charting the new legal landscape

THE age of the global law firm is dawning. Just as US firms moved into Europe, so the major players in the UK realise that they must start an invasion of the US if they want a slice of the global market place. The rewards could be phenomenal, but there are risks. It is uncharted […]

Ireland's Eliot Ness

He has been dubbed Ireland’s Eliot Ness, after the legendary and incorruptible US gangbuster. And the work of Barry Galvin, the 53-year-old solicitor who heads Ireland’s fight against millionaire drug dealers and the bosses of organised crime, is no less dangerous. Because of the constant threats to his life, he has a round-the-clock police guard […]

In brief: The Lawyer and LAWTEL

The Lawyer and LAWTEL are launching an online service, Civil Procedure Interactive, which provides latest versions of the rules, schedules, pre-action protocols and practice directions, with commentary by Simmons & Simmons. The latest cases and articles on the application of the rules will be available online the day after judgment or publication. Civil Procedure Interactive […]

The Lawyer Awards 1999

Jemma Pearson 34 Law Firm of the Year Last year’s winners… Overall winner: Olswang Best large firm: Cameron McKenna Best medium firm: Olswang Best small firm: Briffa & Co Sponsored by NatWest, which is sponsoring the Lawyer Awards this year, this coveted award honours a firm that has excelled in its chosen field over the […]

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