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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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Ben Moshinsky looks at the key players in the mission to protect Fifa’s World Cup IP When the eighteenth Fifa World Cup kicks off next Friday (9 June), the millions of spectators worldwide will be unaware of the legal wrangling that has been going on behind the scenes to protect Fifa’s IP. Fifa’s rights protection […]

Firms reveal German partner promotions

It Is that time of year again when hardworking and ambitious senior associates wait to see if they have impressed their bosses and can join the partnership. As has been well documented by The Lawyer, it can be hard enough making it into the partnership, but for the associates of the UK-headquartered firms there is […]

HBJ Gateley Wareing’s turnover soars post-merger

HBJ Gateley Wareing was also riding high after its turnover soared to £31m off the back of its Anglo-Scottish merger at the beginning of the year (The Lawyer, 22 May). The firm, which merged on 1 January, recorded an astronomical 81 per cent increase on Gateley Wareing’s turnover of £17.1m last year. Comparing like for […]

DWS’s hush-hush push

Evidence backing up the rumours of Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) back-door policy is beginning to emerge. The firm appears to be striking up confidentiality agreements with law firms poaching its partners in exchange for shortened notice periods. (Perhaps others could try this with Norton Rose?) US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae recently hired DWStax […]

Cigarette fighter

A magic circle catastrophe was narrowly averted recently, and one of Tulkinghorn’s spies was on hand to witness the near carnage. Sunday 14 May and a scribe is walking home through the City. The route takes the honest hack down Silk Street and past Linklaters‘ Angel Towers. As she passes the hallowed halls she detects […]

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