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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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Fiona Callister meets Rex Makin, the anti-authoritarian lawyer who has become an institution in his right. In a side street in Liverpool, just between Thorntons and Ann Summers, are the offices of E Rex Makin, self-proclaimed legend and lawyer to the masses. On the front door is a polite but firm notice to leave prams […]

In brief: Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers in Manchester has moved to new premises. The set is now at a newly restored building at 24 St John Street. It was previously based in Cumberland House, Crown Square.

Shorter working hours a priority, says EOC chair

A radical rethink of the “long-hours working culture” is needed to create family-friendly working practices, according to Equal Opportunities Commission chair Julie Mellor. In one of her first public speeches since she she became chair, Mellor told the Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Leeds last week that the Government’s Fairness at Work legislation alone […]

Employing more pro bono

A recent employment case highlights some of the legal and humane reasons why pro bono work is needed. After her claim for breach of contract was dismissed at an employment tribunal, a woman appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The claimant had initially represented herself, but at appeal the case was initially handled under […]

Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

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