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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Bermuda law advice to Vitol Finance Ltd (Vitol) on the offering of its 3.23 per cent Series L senior unsecured notes due 27 June 2018 in the aggregate principal amount of $235m (£150m). Elliot Hubbard, lawyer in Conyers’ Bermuda office, advised Vitol on the Bermuda law aspects of the transaction. K&L Gates […]

Allen & Overy advises FMO as part of banking consortium on $90m loan facility to Singyes

Allen & Overy has advised Dutch development bank Nederlanse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), as part of a consortium comprising Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Korean banks, on a $90m loan facility (subject to the exercise of a greenshoe option) to China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings. This is the first syndicated loan Singyes has raised since its […]

The Global Market: Abu Dhabi’s new financial-free zone

Following the recent issuance of Abu Dhabi Law No. (4) of 2013 concerning the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the Federal- and Emirate-level legislative framework is now complete to permit the launch of Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Allen & Overy has acted as the sole legal counsel, advising on […]

Shoosmiths promotes 18 to role of associate

Shoosmiths has made 18 associate promotions for 2013 in departments including commercial, corporate, private client, real estate and recoveries services. The promotions took effect on 1 September. Commercial promotions include Sarah Andrews (litigation), Jessica Lee (intellectual property), Jennifer Featherstone and Richard Barker (both employment). Corporate promotions include Lisa Sigalet, Suzanne Love (banking) and Gareth Davies. […]

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