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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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In brief: Berwins conference for Israeli business

City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

In brief: Touche Ross offers host of workshops

Partnership taxation, employee benefits, marketing and IT systems are three of the topics to be covered in a new series of workshops for law firms being run by accountants Touche Ross. Two workshops a month led by tax partner Joe Swift will be held from 11 January in London and Liverpool. They are free of […]

In brief: Outdoor clerks set up own association

The first body specifically for outdoor clerks is being set up. The Outdoor Clerks Association aims to increase the profile of its members and improve training. “Outdoor clerks do what is often a very important and responsible job without a great deal of notice being taken of them,” association member Martin Osment says. “Training and […]

Making resolutions about pro bono work

One laudable new year resolution more individuals in the profession are making is that of doing pro bono work. A recent report from Lawyers in the Community (071-383 2200) says that more than 200 lawyers have been involved in its scheme of helping local charities. Over 100 voluntary organisations in 16 London boroughs have had […]

In brief: Addleshaws appoints personnel director

Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has appointed Graham Kershaw to the newly-created post of personnel and administration director. Kershaw, formerly company secretary of the Tetley Pub Company, will act as a member of Addleshaws executive board, reporting directly to managing partner Paul Lee. He is a JP and director of the West Yorkshire Probation […]

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