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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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Napier pledges Law Society City forum

A separate City forum is to be established within the Law Society if presidential candidate Michael Napier is elected. He and vice-president candidate David McIntosh are in talks with City firms to see how they can best resolve the dissatisfaction felt by those who believe their interests are neglected compared to those of “high street” […]

Slaughter and May's private equity U-turn fires warning shot to rivals

Catrin Griffiths warns private equity experts in the City not to underestimate Slaughters’ foray into their sector. Slaughter and May has staked out a claim in the private equity market by taking advantage of a Clifford Chance conflict. Slaughters, which has traditionally avoided the private equity sector, has advised on its largest deal yet for […]

New media guru predicts trouble for non-believers

Richard Susskind is the nearest the profession has to a new media guru. Claire Smith meets the man who says no lawyer should believe that they are immune to developments around them Richard Susskind is at the heart of some of the most crucial discussions going on at the likes of Allen & Overy Clifford […]

CC Rogers &Wells to fight for Mastercard in anti-trust case

CC Rogers & Wells is acting on its first major showcase trial since merging with Clifford Chance. The firm is representing long-term client Mastercard as it begins its battle with the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Along with Visa, Mastercard stands accused of violating anti-trust laws by limiting competition through tie-ups with the banking industry. […]

A View from Brussels

Traditionally, law firms in Brussels concentrate on EU competition law work. Much of this work has been the filing of merger notifications as support to major corporate departments in countries such as the UK, the USA, Germany etc. There have also been a number of successful EU boutique firms which have carved out niche practices […]

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