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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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A necessity or an extravagance?

Patrick Stewart examines the case for retaining a London base as Australian firms reassess the value of their overseas offices. London has long been a popular destination for Australian firms, but, with the recent withdrawal of Freehill Hollingdale & Page, Allen Allen & Hemsley and Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks from the capital, the consensus appears […]

Bingham questions public defender concept

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has questioned whether lawyers working in a public defender system would be sufficiently motivated to do the job properly. Speaking at his second “meet the press” session since becoming Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham was distinctly cool about the potential worth of a public defender system. He questioned whether […]

Larry Cohen suggests a simple way of curbing the paparazzi

Larry Cohen suggests a simple way of curbing the paparazzi. Larry Cohen is head of the intellectual property unit at Hammond Suddards.. With public confidence in the press at an all-time low and Lord Wakeham’s review of the rules governing privacy and harassment seeming to promise little more than greater self-regulation, the time may be […]

Tackling tax down under

Tax reform is on the agenda in Australia as the government seeks ways of funding pensions, reports Louise McBride. Louise McBride is a tax partner at the Sydney office of Clayton Utz. Australia’s taxation system is in danger of imploding. Without urgent reform, it will not be able to support the number of people who […]

Linklaters remains leader of the pack

Linklaters & Paines remains the top international law firm for the value of its private finance infrastructure deals, according to Privatisation International’s latest figures for 1996 to 1997. It leads the field in Asia, the area which is proving by far the most lucrative for advisers on infrastructure projects, and in the UK. But Baker […]

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