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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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Gordon Dadds

Gordon Dadds insists there’s more to it than family law and litigation Mayfair-based Gordon Dadds prides itself on the reputation of its family law and litigation practices. Despite this, managing partner David Goff maintains that the firm aims to offer clients a full commercial service. During the past couple of years there has been a […]

Dechert opts for US LLPs while UK partners must sweat it out

Dechert’s UK, Paris and Luxembourg partners have been left vulnerable to potential negligence claims after the firm converted its US and Frankfurt offices to a Pennsylvania limited-liability partnership (LLP) The new structure, effective from 1 January, has been shaped in part by the fact that it has three partnerships. Frankfurt has been included in the […]

The Night Club

Trawling through newspapers while getting shouted at by tabloid editors may not be everyone’s ideal job. But, as Alex Wade reports, working the wee hours can have its benefits Long nights and stress go hand-in-hand with a lawyer’s lot. In many firms, a track record of regular midnight finishes will be a sine qua non […]

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Brown & Wood and others defend $1bn client action

Brown & Wood (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood), top 50 US firm Jenkens & Gilchrist and Ernst & Young (E&Y) and its US-allied law firm McKee Nelson are being sued by 10 former clients for more than $1bn (£622.5m) for their advice on a tax scheme The plaintiffs are alleging claims under the Racketeer […]

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