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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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A host of new EU and UK legislation is keeping the Employment Law Bar Association busy, says Robin Allen QC. Robin Allen QC is chair of the Employment Law Bar Association and a barrister at Cloisters. The Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) plays a central role in all aspects of employment law: advising, educating and […]

New logo marks 'watershed' in firm's history

AFTER 150 years, Linklaters & Paines is dropping the “Paines” from its new logo (right) in a revamp of its corporate identity, coinciding with its move to new City offices at 1 Silk Street. Managing partner Terence Kyle said the move “will mark a watershed in the firm’s history”. For the first time in many […]

Punders opens up in HK

GERMAN FIRM Punder Volhard Weber & Axster has become the latest international firm to open a Hong Kong office. Punders managing partner Thomas Gasteyer said the office would not initially be a joint venture with other firms in the Punder Group, the five-country international alliance of firms to which his practice belongs. He said partners […]

Dorset to lose nine courthouses

Dorset’s 11 magistrates courts will be reduced to two by 2007 under the county’s Magistrates Courts Committee’s (MCC) new strategic plan. The plan, the most radical reorganisation of courthouses in the UK, has already been condemned by local lawyers and magistrates. In August, The Lawyer conducted an exclusive survey of all non-metropolitan magistrates courts in […]

Osborne Clarke expands to Reading

Corporate and IT specialist Osborne Clarke is to open a new office in the rapidly developing Thames Valley region. The Reading office will initially be staffed by employment specialist Danielle Kingdon, who will be partner in charge of the office, and London-based corporate partner Richard Smerdon. Osborne Clarke managing partner Leslie Perrin said the firm […]

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