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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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DLA Piper has published an interactive report — titled ‘Feeding the tiger: Asian investment in Australian real estate’ — which looks at the flow of Asian real-estate capital into Australia and examines the views of five experts within the market.  The report found that the Australian real-estate market remains one of the top destinations for global investors, particularly from […]

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A&O US merger is a no go, for now

For much of the past decade, A&O has been on-record saying it would consider a US merger. And yet still nothing. Is there no perfect suitor for the magic circle firm? There are certainly signs that things might be heating up stateside for A&O. Managing partner Wim Dejonghe is spending a lot of time in […]

Floods bring road infrastructure developments ‘into sharp focus’, says Eversheds’ Lacey

Following the floods of February 2013, Dominic Lacey, road infrastructure expert at Eversheds, has commented on the importance of major road infrastructure developments in the UK. Lacey said: ‘This latest round of flooding brings into sharp focus the need for sustained development and maintenance of the UK road network. ‘With long-term changing weather conditions and the […]

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After a decade of phenomenal growth, Chinese law firms are now having to confront the issue of succession. It’s a touchy subject but some of the top firms have been quietly grappling with it, as our Asia editor Yun Kriegler reveals in our cover story this week. Jun He, best known in the West for […]

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Trowers & Hamlins gears up for cash call

Trowers & Hamlins is planning to issue a cash call to participating partners in response to new HM Revenue & Customs changes to the partnership tax regime. The firm plans to ask its fixed-share partners to contribute 30 per cent of the fixed element of their salary on top of the £20,000 they have already […]

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