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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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UK TRAINEES will be eligible to take up a five-month seat in Brussels through a new placement scheme which is being organised by the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland. Trainees who are interested in pursuing a career in the international arena will move over for a secondment with the Law Societies’ joint […]

Lawyer unswayed by immigration package

The introduction of new technology in UK entry ports will allow immigration officials to check for illegal immigrants in just 15 seconds. A computer which can read passports and process them against a central data bank of 400,000 suspects has been on trial at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover for 12 months. Now the Home Office […]

Lawyers get advice on fund managers

The Financial Law Panel (FLP) has published its advice for City lawyers on the technical problems arising from the agency status of fund managers which affects managers’ dealings in the wholesale financial markets. Its paper, Practice recommendation on fund management and market transactions, suggests draft wording for dealing with the most difficult legal issues. It […]

Equity dealing services pave way for market automation

Investors will benefit from increased competition in the equities dealing markets triggered by the establishment of the Tradepoint order-driven market and the Sharelink Internet service, says a leading financial services solicitor. David Lough, Cripps Harries Hall partner and chair of the Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim), said the launch of both services could be […]

Marsons homes in on Woolwich housing deal

THE KENT firm Marsons has won a contract to handle the sale of 500 new Woolwich building society homes. Marsons was awarded the contract for the work which was put out to tender by the building society’s subsidiary Woolwich Homes. The society’s move to outsource the work followed its earlier decision to end its involvement […]

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