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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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Thelen Reid to dissolve by December

The partnership council of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, Pinsents Masons’ former US alliance firm, has confirmed that it is recommending the dissolution of the firm. It is expected Thelen will close its doors for the last time on 1 December this year. The US firm’s partnership council recommended a vote for dissolution today […]

Leap of faith

Some non-Muslim countries are now making regulatory changes to ensure that their domestic companies are able to access liquidity in the Middle East. By Farmida Bi and Aziza Atta As the conventional markets buckle under the stresses of recent weeks, there is a ­possible alternative on the horizon. A number of market participants have begun […]

Get tooled up

In response to my post last week suggesting that the mid-market is snapping up real estate rainmakers (22 October), a City-based recruiter that deals with most of the top 100 got in touch to tell me that, by contrast, not one of his clients is hiring property rainmakers. “There’s no hiring going on because nobody […]

Freshfields associate takes operations role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate George Swan has taken on the role of operations officer in the firm’s corporate practice management team. Swan replaces Richard Thexton, who was the first associate to hold the position. The role was created in March when Mark Rawlinson succeeded Tim Jones as head of corporate, and is designed to give […]

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Cobbetts extends redundancy talks

Cobbetts has launched a redundancy consultation with 28 members of support staff, bringing the firm’s potential number of job losses to 69. Cobbetts is in redundancy talks with 28 members of support staff, bringing the potential number of redundancies at the firm this year to 69. Twenty secretaries may lose their jobs as a result […]

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