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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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BT summariser may lighten workload

HARD-PRESSED lawyers could soon benefit from a computer program which automatically summarises texts. The software, developed by BT Laboratories, includes an Information Agent which searches texts stored on a computer and selects those of most interest to the operator, sorting them in what it ‘thinks’ will be the order of priority to the reader. The […]

In brief: Commission calls for change on hearsay

The Law Commission has called for the admission of hearsay evidence in courts as part of a radical change in criminal evidence rules. Commissioners want a new clear definition of hearsay which will be used when the “interests of justice require it”. Stephen Silber QC, the commissioner responsible for the project, says the move would […]

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A&O beats City to nuclear work

ALLEN & Overy has won the job of advising the Government in its privatisation of the nuclear industry. The firm will act for the Department of Trade. It beat a shortlist of four City giants last week, including Slaughter and May, which advised the former Department of Energy in the electricity privatisation, and Herbert Smith. […]

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