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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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Councils team up for first barrister panel

Three city councils have undertaken the UK’s firstever joint panel review for barristers, appointing 29 sets, including No 5 Chambers, St Phillips Chambers and Hardwicke Building. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils joined forces to launch the review in April 2006 (The Lawyer, 5 June 2006). The contracts begin with immediate effect for a term of […]

KSB Law’s international head joins Zhonglun

Chinese law firm Zhonglun W&D, which became the first Chinese firm to launch in London four months ago, has hired the head of KSB Law’s international department, consultant Guy Facey. A linguist who speaks four languages, Facey is a native English-speaker and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, as well as in French and Italian, and […]

Olswang scoops double media deal

Olswang corporate partner Mark Bertram has acted on two media-related transactions. Bertram led the team that scored the lead role on the creation of 24-hour news radio station Sky News Radio, advising long-time client Chrysalis Radio on its joint venture with Sky Ventures to provide the service. The Olswang team included corporate associate Roisin Thomas […]

BLG plugs Asia gap with City partner

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has reacted to the resignation of Singapore head David Johnston with the emergency transfer of London-based aviation partner Mert Hifzi. As yet the firm has not named a successor for Johnston, who has left to head the newly launched Singapore offcie of aviation boutique Gates & Partners. BLG senior partner […]

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