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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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Pro Bono – Dechert restructures pro bono into practice groups

In a bid to support and encourage transactional lawyers undertaking pro bono work, Dechert has taken the unusual step of introducing distinct pro bono practice groups in its Philadelphia office. The move, announced late last month, follows last year’s appointment of Suzanne Turner from the firm’s London office as global chair of the pro bono […]

Schroders slashes more than 100 from global legal panel

Schroders has completed an extensive panel review, dumping more than 100 advisers to create a roster of 11 firms. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news on 5 April, the 11-strong panel, which will remain in force for three years, comprises: Allen & Overy (A&O); Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP); Hong Kong-based Deacons; Luxembourg-based Elvingers; Eversheds; Linklaters; Boston-based […]

Clifford Chance loses legacy Pünder leader

One of the last survivors of Clifford Chance’s post-merger board is departing, leaving a question mark over who will take charge of the relationship with key client Siemens. Peter Nägele, a legacy partner with Pünder, the German firm that merged with Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells in 2000, is leaving the firm for an […]

Giving what you get

Recent changes to family home inheritance tax may have major implications for how clients prepare for their future financial security. Penny Catterick reports

Present sense

You can tell a lot about a man from the presents he receives. While mourning the departure of Freshfields chief executive Alan Peck (who else is going to be so rude about lawyers now that he’s gone?), Tulkinghorn’s grief was much assuaged by hearing of his retirement haul. The London partners came up trumps, and […]

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