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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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Dean calls for probe into college's link with Law Soc

A LEADING legal academic is demanding an Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the relationship between the Law Society and the College of Law. Professor Nigel Savage, the Dean of Nottingham Law School, claims the Law Society cannot act as an effective independent regulator of the Legal Practice Course while its highest office holders are […]

Listening Helpfully Jeanne Ellin Souvenir Press £9.99

There is an obvious difference between the roles of counsellor and lawyer. The counsellor encourages the client to find his own solutions. The lawyer must find the solutions for the client. This book is principally about what counselling should achieve. One learns swiftly that problems can hardly be resolved unless they are first identified. One […]

Firms boost profit despite static fees

LAW firms are managing to boost profits despite static fee income, according to a snap-shot survey. Cutting staff costs, reducing overheads and an increase in the use of technology have been the back-bone of the improvements. But the smaller firms, those with less than 10 partners, have continued to struggle and have failed to increase […]

Law Society rules on corporate pensions

Bob Butler, head of the Law Society’s monitoring unit, has confirmed that lawyers will receive no further formal guidance on what constitutes corporate pensions business. Instead, solicitors are required to use their own common sense in declaring to the Law Society that they are involved in work which may constitute arranging corporate, rather than personal, […]

Making crime pay

US trial lawyers are making a killing out of crime. More and more attornies are earning big bucks from writing chunky legal thrillers – without even needing to charge their readers by the hour. John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’, for instance, sold over 25 million copies in 18 months, making him the fastest-selling writer in history. […]

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