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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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IPA launches mediation services

The Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) has set up a mediation service to help insolvency practitioners resolve disputes along with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution The IPA aims to enable disputes to be resolved with greater speed and flexibility, and less expense.

Risk drive

Title insurers may not be the most popular US import among UK lawyers, but First Title’s legal and underwriting director Philip Oldcorn believes there is room for all. Helen Power reports

Private chancer

Anne Baldock has been a PFI pioneer, is on the A&O board and has even revolutionised the office layout. But she’s not the iron lady she may seem Anne Baldock was clearly a great fan of the ‘show-and-tell’ table at primary school. Or perhaps memories of one Monday morning when she did not have any […]

Panic stations

FSA chairman Sir Howard Davies’s recent attack on lawyers’ reactions to the new market abuse rules has prompted a return volley of fire from practitioners. Jon Robins reports We have heard some high-priced, high-octane nonsense emanating from well-paid lawyers,” a characteristically forthright Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), told a City […]

City firms split on Queen Mother's silence

The legal world will be brought to a halt at 11.30am on Tuesday 9 April A two-minute silence will be held in the City to coincide with the start of the funeral service as firms pay homage to the Queen Mother.Last week the London Stock Exchange announced its intention of marking the occasion by observing […]

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