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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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New leadership at Hill Taylors following partner defections

City firm Hill Taylor Dickinson is entering a new era with fresh blood in the key positions of chairman and managing partner. Robert Wallis has been elected chairman and Rhys Clift managing partner. But they will continue fee-earning work in shipping, insurance and reinsurance. They will be charged with the job of raising the firm’s […]

Square Mile

The professional indemnity saga takes another turn this week when the outcome of the recent ballot of all solicitors is announced. As a supporter of the proposal to permit solicitors to insure through the market, I do not share the views expressed in this column some weeks ago (29 March) by Lord Hunt of Wirral, […]

Can lawyers manage?

He has had enough. Two-and-a-half years into a four-year term Theodore Goddard’s managing partner Peter Kavanagh has called time on being both a lawyer and a manager and returned to full-time fee earning. Kavanagh tells The Lawyer (see City Profile, page 17) that he planned to split the management and legal role 50-50, but looking […]

…as rival Eversheds joins RDA panel

Eversheds has been appointed to the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) legal panel following a competitive tender. The legal panel will be instructed to provide practical advice and guidance to the EMDA. The contract will be for two years. Brandon Smith-Hilliard, a partner at Eversheds’ Nottingham office, says: “The legal advice sought from the regional […]

Ex in-house lawyer starts recruitment firm

A FORMER head of legal at a nuclear generating company has set up her own recruitment business. Elizabeth Warner-Smith is launching legal recruitment consultancy Summit Legal after taking a seven-month career break to look after her baby son. Warner-Smith was formally head of legal services at Magnox Electric. She says: “I didn’t go back to […]

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