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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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Burges Salmon tops £30m mark

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has recorded an impressive 25 per cent growth in turnover, taking it through the £30m barrier. Profits per partner climbed to £310,000 from £255,000 for 1999/2000. Top equity partners have made £360,000, while those at the bottom are at £190,000.Senior partner Richard Wynn-Jones said: “It’s been a very good year, but […]

Football League scores first with in-house appointment

The Football League has recruited its first in-house lawyer. Nicholas Craig has joined the league in its Preston office following six years with Manchester firm Widdows Pilling.His role will be one of general adviser. Craig said: “There is not, at this stage, the need for an internal specialist in every area to act for the […]

JP Morgan capital markets panel overhaul snubs Slaughters and Herbert Smith

JP Morgan has carried out a massive overhaul of its advisers to set up its first UK-specialised capital markets panel, with a number of top City firms failing to make the grade. In a shock move, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Ashurst Morris Crisp have both been sidelined following a 10-firm beauty parade.Other firms, including […]

A&O completes multijurisdictional acquisition financing for Dresdner

Allen & Overy (A&O) banking partner Peter Schulz has just closed the syndication of a euro650m (£399.4m) multijurisdictional acquisition financing for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.Schulz led the team that advised on the loan facility to the German-incorporated subsidiaries of South African fuels and chemical company Sasol, in connection with its acquisition of the entire chemicals business […]

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