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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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Linklaters & Alliance names litigation head

Linklaters & Alliance has appointed Christopher Style as its new head of litigation. Style will replace Brinsley Nicholson who is stepping down after seven years in the post. Style has pledged to increase cross-border litigation by 50 per cent over the next three years as part of a plan to increase the firm’s use of […]

Gaining ground on the magic circle

The American invasion is gathering pace. Hardly a week goes by without The Lawyer reporting further signs of US expansion in the City, with firms recruiting top UK partners, moving into bigger premises, switching from US law to compete for UK work, and taking clients from UK firms. And still they come, either opening offices […]

Biddle boosts media practice

City practice Biddle is re-aligning its corporate and media departments as part of a restructuring programme that will move the firm from three into two London offices. The firm, which is relinquishing its Noble Street premises but taking on extra space in the Aldersgate Street office, is putting the two departments alongside each other. Head […]

Cameron McKenna equity threat

Cameron McKenna faces a rash of departures of its most senior lawyers following proposals to change the firm’s partnership structure. Later this month partners at the firm are expected to vote on plans that will abolish the distinction between junior and senior equity partners. Insiders fear the move could lead to senior equity partners quitting […]

Family claim for High Court

Judgment is now pending in a bizarre legal battle at London’s High Court in which a firm of genealogists are fighting for the proceeds of sale of a school near Canterbury, Kent. The school was sold for £50,000 by Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) in 1992. However, the site was originally conveyed to the […]

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