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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised telecoms giants Veon and CK Hutchison on the £2.2bn buyout of Italian mobile phone venture Wind Tre. A&O’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer, TMT partner Simon Toms and global head of telecoms Tom Levine led the deal for Veon. Global co-head of antitrust Antonio Bavasso and senior associate Ross Ferguson provided […]

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Move over Manchester: Taylor Wessing confirms location of new back office

Taylor Wessing will open an office in Liverpool this September, as firms continue to look at low cost alternatives outside the City and away from the competitive markets of Manchester and Belfast. The Lawyer reported in February that a move by Taylor Wessing was imminent, with the office set to house up to 25 people initially. […]

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Hogan Lovells has successfully fought for a 15-month probationary licence for long-standing client Uber, though the taxi app was ordered to pay Transport for London’s (TfL) costs as part of the decision. The taxi firm’s willingness to improve its culture, governance and management were all key factors pointed to by senior district Judge Emma Arbuthnot […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as special legal counsel in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands to Central China Real Estate Limited (the “Company”) and certain subsidiary guarantors of the Company: Joy Ascend Holdings Limited, Sino Joy Enterprises Limited, Central China Real Estate Holdings Limited, Proud Sky Investments Limited, Leapup Limited, Bumper Up […]

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TLT has expanded its corporate team in Belfast with the appointment of Grant Edwards as associate. Edwards joins TLT from Tughans Solicitors and will be working with corporate partner Andrew Jennings, who joined in January 2018 and completed TLT’s full service offering in NI. Edwards is an experienced corporate lawyer, advising SMEs and investors on […]

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