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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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Alston & Bird completes NY takeover

Atlanta firm Alston & Bird is taking over New York-based boutique Walter Conston Alexander & Green. The move will give the 500-lawyer firm its first foothold in the city, as well as adding a liaison office in Munich. Walter Conston is a 21-partner, 45-lawyer firm with a client base focused on European pharmaceutical, media, technology […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

CIT Group buys Alban Gate, 125 London Wall, from property company MEPC for £156m, with senior debt provided by Nationwide Building Society. CIT Group advised by Macfarlanes (Chris Field, David Sanders and Orla MacSherry). MEPC advised by Linklaters (Geoffrey Russell). Nationwide advised by Dechert (Patrick Gloyens).

NHSLA cuts legal panel

Weightmans, Kennedys and Ward Hadaway are all believed to have won work from the NHS Litigation Authority in its long-awaited panel review. Six other firms have been slashed in the shakeup. One such firm is Scrivenger Seabrook, which derives 90 per cent of its revenue from the panel work. see full story, page 2

Eversheds culls equity partners to hike profits

Eversheds is slicing an estimated 10 per cent of equity partners in an attempt to boost profitability. The figure represents 20 partners, of whom 10 will be taken out of equity and will drop down to fixed-share status, whereby a partner is effectively still self-employed but receives a fixed salary. The remainder will be asked […]

NHS hacks clinical negligence panel

The National Health Service is slashing at least six firms from its clinical negligence panel in a review of its legal services. It is believed that Trowers & Hamlins, Mills & Reeve, Scrivenger Seabrook, Le Brasseur J Tickle, Davies Arnold Cooper and Crutes are all taking part in an NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) debriefing process […]

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