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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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Paul Baxendale-Walker, name partner in London, Nottingham and Glasgow firm Baxendale-Walker, is facing criminal trial over an alleged £2m serious fraud committed in 1994. City firm Russell Jones & Walker is also a defendant in a separate, but related, £4m civil claim to be heard later this month.Baxendale-Walker, a specialist tax lawyer, was indicted by […]

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Liability announced to us over breakfast that she would henceforth like to be known as Fairy Periwinkle. She was wearing her fairy outfit at the time, having insisted since Christmas that no other clothes would do, even with snow on the ground. She has been turning up at children’s houses with blue legs and chicken-skin […]

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Herbert Smith has long been trying to get away from its image as a litigation firm, offering many other talents. Including, it now seems, sound engineering.At its recent Paris conference, a group of somewhat inebriated partners rerigged the microphone equipment in the lecture hall so that, instead of amplifying the words of the speaker, it […]

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For all those a little bit grumpy at having to return to work after the Christmas binge, here are two heart-warming stories involving furry animals for you.First, a fluffy hamster tale from Finers Stephens Innocent head of property David Battiscombe. On arriving home one evening, Battiscombe found an unidentifiable package in his garden. Fortunately, he […]

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