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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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Guidance on compliance with competition law

A recent survey commissioned by the Competition & Markets Authority has found a surprising lack of knowledge of competition law among businesses. Of over 1,200 surveyed: 55 per cent thought it was ‘OK for competitors to agree prices in order to avoid losing money’. Only 18 per cent knew it was not. 47 per cent thought it […]

Short-term options: tenancies at will v licences

By Emna Sfar-Gandoura Landlords who wish to allow short-term, flexible occupation of a property often use tenancies at will or licences to occupy. It is important to recognise the pitfalls as well as the benefits of these arrangements before deciding which to use. Tenancies at will and licences to occupy appear to provide a perfect […]

LOBOs – long-term pain for short-term gain?

Many local authorities and housing associations have taken out ‘LOBO’ (lender option borrower option) loans over the past 15 years. They were particularly popular before 2008 in the ‘boom’ time but are for periods of up 60 or 70 years and so they have potentially long-term ramifications. Following an examination of these products and their […]

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