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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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Amnesty urges action over jailed Algerian lawyer

Amnesty International is calling on British lawyers to take “urgent action” on behalf of an Algerian lawyer jailed after a trial which Amnesty said “clearly violated international standards”. Human rights lawyer Rachid Mesli was sentenced to three years in prison in Algeria this month on charges of having “encouraged terrorism”. But Amnesty spokeswoman Aminah Magambo […]

Better cover all-round

David Butti looks at the increasing use of indemnities to provide extra cover against litigation in property transactions. David Butti is legal indemnities manager at Greystoke Legal Services. It seems that a growing awareness of rights and entitlements is creating an increasingly litigious society. Consequently, the past few years have seen a proliferation of many […]

'He is good for social justice but he sometimes goes too far”

Pensions Ombudsman Julian Farrand’s recent public attack on an Eversheds partner has unearthed deep-rooted feelings of discontent, says Robert Lindsay. There has not been anybody quite like him since Lord Denning. He is good for the legal profession and good for social justice… but he sometimes goes a little bit too far.” – Taylor Joynson […]

Inspectors to probe chambers training

CHAMBERS may be subjected to regular inspections to check up on how they are treating their pupils as part of an overhaul of the pupillage system designed to boost its credibility. A working party of The Bar Council and the Inns of Courts has released a consultation document which outlines a series of options for […]

Is joint venture a new way of saying US alliance?

Simmons & Simmons says it has found a new way to get US law capability – form a limited joint venture with a US firm. Mention the word “alliance” rather than “merger” and apply it to US and UK law firms, and managing partners shake their heads wisely before pooh-poohing the idea. “History is littered […]

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