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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Allen & Overy (Mario Jacovides) advised the European Investment Bank on its role as senior lender on the Japanese operating leases of two Airbus A340-300 aircraft which will be operated by Iberia. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Iberia and Norton Rose advised junior debt provider and arranger Crédit Agricole Indosuez. Herbert Smith (Stephen Gale, Kevin Pullen) […]

Liedekerke Wolters hires team from Bird & Bird

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Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government Why should this be? Those surveyed […]

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