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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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Simmons & Simmons represented German-based open-ended fund Despa on the completion of its £35.5m acquisition of the office building at 10-14 Stratton Street, London W1. The offices, which are the headquarters of surveyors Grimley JR Eve, was sold by an undisclosed Dutch investment fund. Alan Butler, property partner at Simmons, led the team. Despa was […]

Hamilton takes on Fayed

What is being billed as the last major libel action of the millennium is scheduled to start today (Monday). Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton is suing Harrods boss, Mohammed Al Fayed over cash-for-questions allegations said to have destroyed Hamilton’s political career. The way for the action was paved by the Law Lords when they ruled […]

The top five public silks

Matheu Swallow reveals the top five silks at the administrative and public bar and what it is that that got them there. Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC Blackstone Chambers Called to the bar: 1963 Appointed QC: 1Professional achievements/associations: Baron, Life Peer, 1993; special adviser to Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins) 1974-76; Standing Commission on Human […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the […]

Chambers of the year becomes plc

Birmingham’S leading set, St Philip’s Chambers, is launching itself as a public limited company, a first in the legal profession. The move is planned to revolutionise the way St Philip’s, voted chambers of the year at The Lawyer awards, is run by introducing a corporate culture and collective thinking. The set hopes the investment will […]

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