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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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Third-party insurance in cyberspace

Internet service providers must perform a tricky balancing act to avoid falling foul of the law, writes Suzanne Garben. Suzanne Garben is a partner in the media litigation department at Denton Wilde Sapte. As the first libel case involving a UK-based internet service provider (ISP), Lawrence Godfrey’s action against Demon Internet has sparked a wave […]

Forward looking firms will welcome flexibility

The Government has been consulting on regulations to implement the EC directive on part-time workers. These will ensure that part-timers have the same pro-rata rights to pay and benefits as full-timers. The aim is to raise the status of part-time emp-loyment and create conditions where more people are willing to vary their hours of work. […]

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Lewis v Lewis. Lennox Lewis (left) was effectively stripped of his World Boxing Association title this week after Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in a New York court that the UK boxer must give up the belt if he goes ahead with a fight against Michael Grant. The judge found himself embroiled in a battle over […]

Flying away from the City

Despite being a global player, Airtours is keen to put its trust in North West firms. Dearbail Jordan reports. Airtours is a perfect example of why corporate and commercial lawyers in the North West deserve to be taken as seriously as those in London. This year alone, the travel giant has undertaken no less than […]

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