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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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Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Marriotts prepares for trade mark wars

The force is with a team of lawyers from London firm Marriott Harrison. The firm is preparing for a surge of copyright and trade mark infringements following the launch of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. A Marriott Harrison team of two partners and two assistant solicitors did all the legal work on […]

This week

The four gay members of the armed forces who were dismissed because of their sexuality are due to have their case heard by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The three men and one woman claim the UK is breaching their human rights by keeping the ban on homosexuals in the forces.

Securitisation

The international securities group at Norton Rose advised Stena Line in its recent reorganisation of its asset-backed commercial paper securitisation programme. This programme will expand the existing Sterling-based programme to encompass passenger and freight receivables in euro, sterling, Swedish krona, Danish krone and Norwegian krone. Lead securitisation partner at Norton Rose Jonathan Walsh led the […]

Romania promises rich pickings for City firms

The Romanian legal market is set to boom within the next 18 months and City firms may be looking to take advantage according to Nicholas Hammond, former head of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s Bucharest office, who has moved to a US firm Arent Fox based the in city. Bucharest, he says, is a burgeoning market for […]

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