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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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High revenue, high premium

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171 734 0534 I read with amusement that lawyers are complaining about 50 per cent increases in their Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) premiums. Aren’t they lucky? I work from home in the intellectual property and competition law fields and have done so […]

BAT counsel to join Debenhams

BAT Industries company secretary David Wilson is to leave after four years to join retailer Debenhams as general counsel in time for its planned demerger from the Burton Group. A spokeswoman for Debenhams confirmed that Wilson’s arrival on 5 January had already been announced internally. “David will be joining Debenhams as general counsel and company […]

A reform revolution

The introduction of a Scottish Parliament will keep lawyers busy, says Mike Dailly. Those lawyers who think that devolution will have little or no impact on their daily routine should consider this: 129 politicians are gathered together and left alone in a large room in Edinburgh; they are told they can initiate, amend or repeal […]

'The rottwiler lawyers will have a field day

Tim Hardy looks at how the new broadcasters’ code on privacy has been received. Tim Hardy is a specialist in press and broadcasting complaints at Cameron McKenna. The Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) – formerly the Broadcasting Complaints Commission – published its first code on fairness and privacy for broadcasters on 24 November. The code is […]

China opens doors so far and no further

The Chinese government has confirmed that it is ready to improve access for foreign law firms to the Chinese market, but has insisted that the ban on practices employing Chinese lawyers should stay. The proposals are contained in a revised services offer China presented to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva last week as […]

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