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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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Free pension advice all round

The Solicitors’ Staff Pension Fund (SSPF) will provide free pension advice to lawyers in half-hour consultations at the Law Society this month. The clinics, organised in conjunction with the London Young Solicitors Group, will be held on 7 and 13 September. SSPF representatives will provide individual advice between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Contact Clare Jones at […]

BBC programme seeks HDC lawyers

The BBC’s investigative current affairs programme Here and Now is on the look-out for solicitors with clients interested in the activities of the Health Development Club (HDC). Assistant producer Sally Webb says: “We know there has definitely been one solicitor, but there could turn out to be lots.” She can be contacted at the BBC […]

Clampdown on the 'cowboy' barristers

SOLICITORS are getting tough with “cowboy” barristers who double book and let down their clients. The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is to launch a barristers’ charter pinpointing standards that counsel should meet. The charter aims to put the solicitor-barrister relationship on a more formal footing and includes sanctions against those who fail to come […]

Alleged Dolphin defects

The House of Lords is to decide whether Darlington Borough Council can sue Wiltshire Northern over alleged defects, amounting to u2 million, in the Dolphin Centre development at Darlington. The Law Lords Appeal Committee has allowed the council to lodge objections to moves by Wiltshires to challenge an Appeal Court ruling on 28 June paving […]

Law Society to iron out qualifications

THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors’ staff. A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested. The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are […]

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