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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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Addleshaws pledges excitement, and lots of it

Today we take our Homburgs off to Addleshaw Goddard for acknowledging what many have known for a very long time: that perhaps not all legal work is pant-wettingly exciting. Those young whippersnappers who aren’t just chasing the Yankee dollar may all have Erin Brokovich-inspired dreams. But they soon tend to realise that doing due diligence […]

A&O extends best friends tie-up with India’s Trilegal

Allen & Overy (A&O) and its Indian best friend firm Trilegal have extended their preferred referral arrangement indefinitely after having first entered into it for a limited three-year term. At the end of last year A&O senior and managing partners David Morley and Wim Dejonghe, India head Jonathan Brayne and other key A&O India group […]

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BLP nabs Herbies private client star

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Herbert Smith’s only dedicated ­private client partner just three months after the latter firm declared its ambition to grow in that area. Rupert Ticehurst, a ­personal tax and trusts ­specialist, will join BLP’s London team, which is led by Jonathan ­Kropman. Herbert Smith has two other senior lawyers who serve the […]

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RJW media boss walks as firm targets volume work

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to pull back from top-end media libel and privacy work, prompting the departure of media chief Sarah Webb. Webb is leaving for Payne Hicks Beach, home to top family lawyer Fiona Shackleton, where she is expected to build a reputation management practice. “The family team has clients who want to keep out […]

Cleary, W&C lead Nigeria’s sovereign bond issuance

US firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case have claimed the mandates on Nigeria’s debut international sovereign bond issue. London capital markets partner Stuart Matty led the White & Case team acting for the Nigerian government on the $500m (£313.12m) 10-year bond issue, which debuted on the London Stock Exchange last week […]

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