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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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Norton Rose's competition head defects to Macfarlanes

Medium-sized City firm Macfarlanes has poached Norton Rose’s respected departmental head John Cook to build up its competition department. Cook, a leader in his field who founded Norton Rose’s competition department nine years ago and built it up to four partners and 12 assistants in London and Brussels, said he had decided to make the […]

Financing

Frere Cholmeley Bischoff advised Threadneedle on conversion of 18 Allied Dunbar unit trusts to Threadneedle Investment Funds ICVC an open ended investment company

Lord Irvine to bolster relationship with UK

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, will become the first cabinet minister to visit the region since the transfer of sovereignty on 1 July when he visits the former colony this week. Irvine has indicated that the main purpose of his visit is to bolster the relationship between the judicial systems of Hong […]

Scottish conveyancing system for whom?

Leslie Dubow highlights some of the flaws of the Scottish conveyancing system that the Adam Smith Institute has recommended and offers some alternative solutions. Leslie Dubow is executive officer of the SPG. A report of the Adam Smith Institute on the house-selling process is said to recommend adopting the Scottish legal process whereby buyers and […]

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Jerrard Saunders Donn acted for STG Holdings on their recent introduction to the Ofex market and a two for five placing with clawback.

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