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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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C4 International hires first-ever head of legal

Channel 4 International (C4I) has created its first-ever legal department following major internal restructuring. The new head of legal is Ceetah Grieves, who has been appointed to the position of manager of business affairs. She will be solely responsible for overseeing all of C4I’s legal activities. C4I is responsible for managing the programme assets and […]

Mayer Brown poaches Pinsent Curtis partner

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has lured corporate finance partner David Levin from Pinsent Curtis in its latest bid to expand its London office. Levin will join the Chicago firm’s London practice from Pinsents’ City office in September. He is Mayer Brown’s third lateral partner hire this year, as the firm aims to double […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired three associates as it seeks to rebuild its Manchester office. The lateral hires follow February’s mass bloodletting, which saw the entire Manchester corporate department axed. DAC has now added five fee-earners in two months, taking its numbers from 13 to 18. Caroline Lindsay joins the personal injury department’s motor team […]

The Firm

Excerpt from a recent pitch by The Firm to Bill Harris, managing director of BigCorp plc. Mr Pratchard: I read in that Lawyer rag that Weightmans and Bevan Ashford are using actors to help pitch for business. It’s a bloody good idea, so I’ve hired a few for The Firm. Mr Henderson: Yes, we could […]

Property

Anthony Judge and Kelly McIntyre of Travers Smith Braithwaite advised UK equity settlement system operator CRESTCo on the £2m per annum rental of its new premises. Martin Wright and Christopher Dixon advised the landlord, property investors British Land.

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