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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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Newly qualifieds given huge boost in latest salary hikes

Newly qualified and trainee solicitors across the City have been celebrating after receiving their biggest pay rises for several years. Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin have boosted their newly qualified’s salaries by 10 per cent to £55,000. Linklaters, which kicked off the salary hikes, has increased its newly qualified’s salaries […]

Herbies bags UK’s first REIT

Herbert Smith has secured the first mandate to advise on the creation of a real estate investment trust (REIT), acting for long-standing client Hammerson. Hammerson has announced it would make the conversion in January following favourable announcements in Gordon Brown’s budget earlier this year, making it the first major UK listed property company to signal […]

Doing your firm a favour

Existing clients take on extra significance if you can sell them additional services, says Jonathan Denny Cross-selling additional services to clients as a way of growing a law firm’s business has become something of a Holy Grail for law firm marketing. However, the very expression ‘cross-selling’ implies that there are barriers to be crossed, and […]

BPP’s GDL students get added options

BPP Law School is launching three new courses to give its GDL students the opportunity to add a specialist subject to their diplomas. The optional programme, which starts in September, is designed to develop a wider interest in the law than that offered by the core diploma and to offer an insight into the day-to-day […]

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