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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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Global investors look to Russian Eurobond market

Norilsk Nickel, a north Russian nickel and palladium mining and smelting company, is hardly a household name. Yet, the metals giant is making waves in the Russian Eurobond market. In April, Norilsk launched a successful $750m five-year Eurobond with an annual coupon rate of 4.375 per cent. That made it the largest ever Eurobond transaction […]

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Watch your waistline, McDentons

US merger signals fast-grow diet: are Dentons’ eyes too big for its tummy? Months after SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain merged to form Dentons, the firm is casting a hungry eye back to the US. A bit like squaffling down two quarter-pounders with fries and 20 Chicken McNuggets before returning to the menu, […]

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The press and the pressure

Proposed newspaper charter is open to political manipulation and may not gain wide acceptance It is widely accepted that the Press Complaints Commission, which Ed Miliband reportedly described as a “toothless poodle”, is not effective. However, there are concerns that the proposed system of regulation embodied in the draft Royal Charter published on 11 October […]

What’s in a (company) name? — an update

Business and company names are regulated to make sure that misleading names, which may imply unwarranted status or authority, cannot be used. The legislation also places restrictions on the registration of ‘sensitive’ words and names that are the ‘same as’ existing names. These mechanisms are felt by many to be lacking in transparency and it […]

China

China: at the golden gates of wealth

As Clydes makes its China move, free trade zones clear way for deeper law firm links Clyde & Co did a ground-breaking deal in China last week. Through its Hong Kong arm the firm has established a joint venture with Chongqing-based West Link under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa). China […]

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