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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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Harbottles loses music head to Sheridans

Harbottle & Lewis has lost the head of its music practice to a rival west-end firm. James Sully, who is particularly known for his expertise in relation to live music, will join entertainmennt boutique Sheridans in September. He becomes the latest in a long line of high-profile music partner departures at Harbottles. Over the years […]

Magister and Legas set to form CIS litigation powerhouse

Ukrainian firm Magister & Partners and Russian litigation boutique Legas Legal Solutions have signalled their intention to merge, agreeing to an exclusive alliance that will create a 10-partner firm based in Kyiv and Moscow. The merged entity will house 75 lawyers and have an expected annual turnover of $18m (£9.77m). It will operate under the […]

Camerons, Linklaters secure work on Wellcome Trust bond issue

CMS Cameron McKenna and Linklaters are working on the final stages of the landmark bond from the Wellcome Trust, the first of its kind in the UK market. The proposed £500m note is the first corporate-style bond issue by a not-for-profit organisation in the UK. The Wellcome Trust is hoping to attract pension funds through […]

Bakers London breaks £100m as profits jump 10 per cent

Baker & McKenzie has released provisional figures for its London office for 2005-06. They show a 9 per cent increase in revenues and a slightly higher 10.5 per cent rise in average profit per partner. Both increases are considerably below the market averages for the UK, which were reported by The Lawyer as a 13 […]

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