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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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Austria: Court confirms advance effects of the new procurement directives

As sufficiently known by practitioners of public procurement law, the transition period for the new Directives on public procurement law 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU (“the Directives”), which entered into force in March 2014, will predominantly elapse on 18 April 2016. As the purpose of the transition period is to provide the member states with sufficient […]

Order in (and out of) the house: what to do if an employee’s behaviour damages your company’s reputation

By Helen Burgess Hear, hear! Lord Sewel resigned following allegations involving drugs and prostitutes. But what if an employee in similar circumstances doesn’t resign – can you dismiss? What happened? It’s unlikely to have escaped your notice that Lord Sewel resigned after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. As the deputy speaker of the […]

Statutory mergers and consolidations in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) first enacted statutory merger legislation back in the 1980s as part of the BVI’s International Business Companies Act of 1984 (IBC). When the IBC was replaced with the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (the BCA), the merger and consolidation provisions of the former IBC were retained, substantially unchanged, as part […]

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