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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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Revealed: King & Wood Mallesons’ Singaporean merger fallout

King & Wood Mallesons’ year-long merger negotiations with Singaporean firm WongPartnership failed just days before a tie-up was to be announced to the market, The Lawyer can reveal. Various sources both internally and externally have confirmed that King & Wood Mallesons planned to announce a merger deal with WongPartnership during a week-long annual global partnership […]

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The End of Lawyers…..or Just the Beginning?

Al Giles managing director of Axiom for EMEA and Asia. It’s been a depressing week for many lawyers. BLP started the trend by announcing widespread redundancies. Osborne Clarke, Wragges and others followed. A one-off announcement might be just that for any number of reasons, but taken together these have felt like a real body blow. […]

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Fantasy financial figures

Early results give distorted picture of the health of the profession It is financials season again and first out of the blocks are those firms that can boast growth for the 2012/13 financial year. It is The Lawyer’s experience that the doom-makers will hold off as long as they can to volunteer their figures. So […]

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Olswang boosts pensions with Lawrence Graham hire

Olswang has strengthened its pensions team with the hire of Lawrence Graham partner Ron Burgess. Burgess, who originally trained and qualified in South Africa, began work at Olswang last week. He has previously worked at Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was seconded to the Pensions Regulator for a time. He advises corporates, trustees […]

SJ Berwin loses finance director to FFW

Mike Giles, who has been finance director at SJ Berwin since 1999, is leaving the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW). During the course of his tenure at SJ Berwin, Giles oversaw its transformation from a single-site London outfit to a 12 office international network. He will start work at FFW next week (28 […]

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