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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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Clifford Chance, Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom and Australian firm Gilbert + Tobin have taken lead roles in Shell’s $2.6bn deal to offload its Australia downstream business to Vitol. Clifford Chance Royal Dutch Shell on the binding agreement to sell its Australia downstream businesses to Vitol, including Shell’s Geelong Refinery, a 870-site retail business and its […]

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A Guildhall barrister charged with attempt to defraud in relation to the sale of four open-cast mining sites has been cleared at a Cardiff Crown Court hearing. The SFO had brought the case against Guildhall Chambers silk Stephen Davies QC, who is also a door tenant at London’s Wilberforce Chambers (6 February 2013). Yesterday (18 […]

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Offshore market focuses on technology as turnover rises

The offshore legal market had a solid 2013, with several firms reporting double-digit increases in turnover and a pronounced pick-up in activity levels. Research conducted for The Lawyer’s annual survey of the 30 biggest offshore firms shows that the overall number of lawyers working in the offshore legal market has not changed much between 2012 […]

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Guy Norman on track to take Clifford Chance corporate chief role

Clifford Chance dealmaker and partner Guy Norman is on the verge of being named new corporate chief following an uncontested election. The partner is set to take the corporate crown from Matthew Layton when the corporate vote ends next week. Norman is understood to have been the only  contender after putting his name in the […]

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