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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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Akubio

Mills & Reeve has added to its involvement in money raising for local ventures in Cambridge by securing seed and second round investment for Akubio. The spin-out from the University of Cambridge’s chemistry and pathology departments has devised a virus and bacteria detection technology based on sound waves. This series of transactions for Akubio guarantees […]

Matthew Arnold

A new office and a place on Barclays’ panel sees Matthew Arnold expanding In July, Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin moved into a 1,600sq ft four-storey open-plan office. It might not be Canary Wharf, but it is a long way from the previous five small offices spread across three Victorian buildings.The new premises, along with […]

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Last man standing

Dealing with lawyers can be so disappointing sometimes, as experienced by Christopher Digby-Bell at Palmer Capital Partners. Recently a firm (which shall remain nameless to spare its blushes) came in to pitch. Expecting at most two of them, he was astonished when half a dozen trooped in. There then followed a tedious hour or so […]

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