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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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In brief: Ex-merchant banker moves to Pinsents

Pinsent Curtis has appointed former merchant banker Michael Frank to its newly-created post of director of corporate client development, to help develop the business advice it provides to clients. Frank, who worked in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, was previously with NatWest Markets’ corporate finance office in Leeds, and left there […]

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Smith Bernal puts transcripts online

Elizabeth Davidson reports ALL Court of Appeal and Crown Office list case transcripts are to be provided on the Internet free of charge from early next year. Court transcript supplier Smith Bernal International, which has a contract with the Lord Chancellor’s Department to supply transcripts of court proceedings, is discussing the project with web designers […]

Sidleys hires third

US firm Sidley & Austin has appointed a third lawyer to its London corporate finance practice. Nicola Green joins as senior associate from Cameron McKenna. Sidley & Austin London managing partner John Edwards said: “She will be a valuable asset in a rapidly expanding team.”

Druces & Attlee forms Euro group

CITY FIRM Druces & Attlee has created a 12-firm international alliance and named it Druces International. Under the new alliance, the 18-partner firm will be joined by 11 similar or slightly smaller-sized practices from Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. The group is also looking for firms in Denmark […]

E&Y unveils MDPs plan to Dutch Bar

Ernst & Young is set to provide a “blueprint” to the Dutch Bar which it is hoped will provide a framework for an acceptable relationship between accounting firms and law firms in the Netherlands. Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen have been involved in legal wrangles with the Dutch Bar over its resistance to the setting […]

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