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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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Cripps ties up network

South east firm Cripps Harries Hall has finalised its u500,000 network. The firm has bought around 170 terminals and PCs for use across its four offices in West Kent and East Sussex. DEC supplied the hardware is from DEC while software has been tailored by Edinburgh-based accounts and practice management supplier HG Usher. Cripps was […]

Property

Andover-based Hostmead Developments, advised by DJ Freeman, has concluded a pre-let agreement for a new distribution warehouse facility with Londis (Holdings), advised by Beveridge Ross & Prevezer. The investment, with a u7.5m value on completion, has been forward sold to Barclays Bank Staff Pension Fund, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

Kirklees solicitor fills Lewisham top job

LEWISHAM Borough Council has appointed former Kirklees solicitor Judith Barnes as head of legal services. Barnes has been brought to London from her position as assistant head to fill the post which was empty for more than two years. Hired to lead the Direct Service Organisation (DSO) in future bidding against the private sector, Barnes […]

Notts practice makes French connection

NOTTINGHAM-based firm Browne Jacobson has opened a joint London office with French practice Azema Sells. The office, based in Aldwych House, includes a partner from each firm – Browne Jacobson’s Gareth Edwards and Azema Sells’ Peter Sells – and additional fee earners and support staff. The two firms will work on joint projects from the […]

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Crisis over recruitment

The profession is facing a serious issue which the members of the Council of the Law Society continue to ignore. Thousands of students who have passed solicitors’ finals or the LPC have been unable to secure articles. The society’s own research shows that it is extremely difficult to find articles. White people have only a […]

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