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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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MAIN PLAYERS IN THE SYNGENTA DEAL

AstraZeneca External advisers: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK (Julian Long, David Higgins and Nick Spearing); Davis Polk & Wardwell, US (Paul Kumleben and Eric Dann in London, Ronan Harty in New York); Homburger, Switzerland (Claude Lambert) In-house team for AstraZeneca: Graeme Musker, Shaun Grady, Tatjana May In-house team for Zeneca Agrochemicals: Jonathan Sullivan, Lynton Boardman, Catherine […]

Scott demands end to costs recovery orders

Lord Scott of Foscote called for the abolition of costs recovery orders and litigation privilege during his speech at The Lawyer Monte Carlo. Law Lord Scott, who has held the posts of Head of Civil Justice and Vice-Chancellor, has already suggested abolishing recovery costs to the Lord Chancellor. “You scrub the huge additional costs that […]

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Anyway, so there we all were at The Lawyer Monte Carlo (you know, the premier networking event in the legal calendar). At one of the industry sessions, a group of heavyweight in-house lawyers were talking to private practice specialists. But one partner seemed uncomfortable among all the conversational spontaneity. Sandwiched between two telecoms giants, the […]

Burness partner joins Standard Life

Standard Life has created a new role of director of legal services which will be filled by Malcolm Wood, corporate partner at Scottish commercial firm Burness. Wood says that he became aware that Standard Life was structuring a new post in its legal department before Christmas. Previously, the legal function came under a general manager […]

Hammond Suddards set for Paris merger

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge is on the verge of breaking into the French market as it enters the final stages of merger talks with Paris-based firm Hausmann & Associés. Partners are meeting today (12 February) to vote on whether to proceed with the plans to merge. If successful, Paris will only be Hammonds’ […]

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