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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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Preferences in the provinces

Outside of Manchester the provincial Bar is widely avoided because of what solicitors describe as insufficient specialist support. The Birmingham Bar for example, “doesn’t hold itself out as having a good record in the field of professional indemnity.” One observer said that the opening of the mercantile court in Leeds may change this, although importance […]

Hardwicke Building head resigns to head Booth's set

Tony Wells has “shocked” barristers at the commercial set Hardwicke Building by resigning as chief executive to become chambers director at Cherie Booth’s chancery set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Wells was at Hardwicke Building for five years and will start “in the next six months”. He takes over from the highly-respected senior clerk of 40 […]

Big fish in a sea of talent

With such an abundance of talent in professional negligence, the juniors rated particularly high praise, writes Matheu Swallow. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist. With professional negligence covering such a broad spectrum of work, the names recommended are too numerous to mention. But certain chambers with a broad base of rated individuals stand out. In […]

In brief: LCD grants funding for CAB litigants' project

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is giving a grant to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the High Court to help it provide advice and assistance to litigants in person. The LCD will provide £84,500 to the scheme annually for the next three years. Twenty-two firms, mainly from the City, will provide solicitor volunteers to man the […]

In brief: Appeal launched for Human Rights Centre

Amnesty International’s legal section has launched an appeal among lawyers to raise £500,000 to help pay for a new London-based Human Rights Centre. Donations should be sent to: The Human Rights Centre Appeal, c/o Peter Duffy QC, Essex Court Chambers, 24 Lincoln’s Inn Field, London WC2A 3ED.

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