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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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Exchange lures eight for annexe

Liverpool set Exchange Chambers is taking on the eight barristers leaving St James’s Chambers in Manchester. The team, led by Anthony Elleray QC, was revealed to be leaving last week (The Lawyer, 12 February). It will now join Exchange Chambers’ Manchester annexe. The group boosts the commercial and chancery team in the set to 19, […]

Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as “outplaced”. Chairman Everett Jassy says […]

Hammonds opens in Berlin and Munich and to merge in France

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has voted to take on a German team to set up offices in Berlin and Munich. It also approved a merger with Paris firm Hausmann & Associés (as revealed The Lawyer, 12 February). As revealed on The Lawyer’s website (www.thelawyer.co.uk), five partners from German firm Knauthe Paul Schmitt will […]

CC sets up joint venture with Japanese law firm

Clifford Chance is extending its Asian practice by forming a joint venture in Japan. The move will give the magic circle firm one of the biggest joint ventures in the country. Its Tokyo office already has 28 fee-earners, five of which are partners. The partner firm will be Tanaka & Akita, which is being created […]

Three's company

As stock markets competed for dominance in a year that witnessed momentous change around the world, the Benelux region was a key beneficiary of the legal spend that resulted from the upheaval. Events were marked by the merger of the Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris exchanges to create three-way exchange Euronext. Top Benelux firm Stibbe acted […]

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