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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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Delphi gets attached to Rambe

Swedish firm Delphi & Co is set to merge with niche life sciences firm Rambe Legal Consultants early next year. Lars Rambe heads the niche firm and will become a partner and head of life sciences at Delphi next spring. Rambe worked in-house at Pharmacia and Amersham Biosciences before setting up on his own in […]

Jones Day benefits from IBM volte-face

IBM has appointed Jones Day Gouldens as a corporate and commercial adviser in a move that signals a radical shift in the technology giant’s legal strategy. IBM’s traditional strategy has been to keep as much work as possible in-house, but it is now looking to widen its panel of law firms. Jones Day was invited […]

Clifford Chance ramps up Padua with Carnelutti haul

Clifford Chance is sending out a clear signal of its commitment to Italy post-Grimaldi by hiring the partner in charge of Carnelutti’s Padua office and four other lawyers. Corporate partner Oliviero Pessi brings clients including insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and major exhibition centre Padova Fiere to Clifford Chance. The haul of four other lawyers includes […]

Firms left hanging as Standard Chartered delays panel decisions

Having announced its global panel in August, Standard Chartered Bank is now keeping firms worldwide on tenterhooks as they await the results of the regional panel reviews. In a massive exercise that has now spanned months, Standard Chartered is reviewing its local panels country by country. It instructed an external consultant on the matter, and […]

Battle of the sects

The truth about the rise of the national firm can now be revealed. Forget your FTSE 100 and say “pooh” to profits (who needs them when you have spiritual enlightenment?). The reality of the ever-growing juggernauts of law is that they are religious sects led by zen-like gurus. Nigel Knowles showed the way. DLA’s ‘leader’, […]

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