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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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Lawyers have say on legal aid for the rich

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In brief: Conference tackles drugs legislation

The British Juvenile and Family Courts Society is focusing on the decriminalisation of drugs for its annual conference in London in February. Chaired by BBC news presenter Martyn Lewis and The Observer’s home affairs correspondent David Rose, the conference will discuss problems associated with the prohibition of drugs. The conference is on 10 February. For […]

In brief: Patent solicitors become 'Intellectual'

The Patent Solicitors’ Association, set up in 1982, has changed its name to the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. The change has been made to reflect the widening of the association’s scope and focus from purely patent litigation to all aspects of industrially-based intellectual property law. Further information from secretary Nicholas Macfarlane, at Lovell White Durrant, […]

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