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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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Freshfields, Paris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office was the first of the firm’s 28 foreign offices to open, in 1972. Initially the office was staffed with UK lawyers, but Freshfields quickly realised that it needed a French law capability. In 1980 the first French avocats joined the firm and it has never looked back. Firm:Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

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Eversheds chief executive David Gray was reported to be “in ebullient mood” over the firm’s financial results (The Lawyer, 29 May). However, news reached Tulkinghorn recently that suggests  it was not the figures that cheered the Grayster, but something altogether more fundamental. Yes, the foundations for the firm’s brand spanking new offices were declared sound […]

WSmiths launches Uruguay operation

Offshore law firm WSmiths has launched an office in Uruguay, which marks its second foreign opening in less than six months. Offshore law firm WSmiths has launched an office in Uruguay, which marks its second foreign opening in less than six months. From September, the firm will have a representative office in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, which […]

Shadbolts appoints new chair

Construction and engineering firm Shadbolt & Co has a new chair. Construction and engineering firm Shadbolt & Co has a new chair. Co-founder Dick Shadbolt has stepped down, to be replaced by Liz Jenkins, head of the firm’s London headquarters and another founding partner. Managing partner Simon Delves said: “Dick’s a renowned and highly regarded […]

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