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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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The government today (19 October) announced radical proposals for a new general offence of fraud. Following a government consultation, Baroness Scotland QC said that in the planned Fraud Bill fraud could be defined as an offence in three ways – by false representation, by wrongfully failing to disclose information and by abuse of position. The […]

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I wonder what David Attenborough would say if he ever crept up on a pride of sleeping lawyers. Would he marvel over the magnificent beasts? Would he note the thin ones, soon to be fatally injured in some gruelling hunt for new clients, or the young ones, ready to maul each other for their place […]

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DLA has recruited Simmons & Simmons’ former finance director to be its new chief financial officer in the lead up to the firm’s merger vote with US suitor Piper Rudnick. Paul Edwards spent seven years at Simmons during which time he oversaw the restructuring of the firm’s remuneration system. He will replace David Liddle, DLA’s […]

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