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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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International eye: Germany

Lorraine Cushnie on the month in Germany: Haarmann continues to haemorrhage partners; Sidley becomes Germany’s newest entry; Lovells suffers from CC raid – codenamed Siegfried; Düsseldorf named as Germany’s most expensive city for legal advice

Paris bar elections: Gide well-placed, Slaughters disappointed

Gide Loyrette Nouel partners Jean-Marie Burguburu and Olivier Cousi are in a strong position to be elected to the Paris Bar Council after they came second and third in the first round of elections. Burguburu, president of the council for the past two years, received 2729 votes in the initial round of voting yesterday (23 […]

Lanier sets sights on NY domination

Houston-based Lanier Law Firm has launched in New York with four lawyers, with the aim of making it the firm’s largest office within three years. The new office, which opened on 16 November, will be overseen by resident head Richard Meadow, who will be joined by three attorneys and five administrators. Founding partner Mark Lanier […]

Law Soc slammed for failure to hit complaints targets

The Law Society is still failing to meet the majority of complaints-handling targets set by Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) Zahida Manzoor. Manzoor published her interim report into the society’s handling of public complaints last week (14 November), revealing that it was meeting just two of the seven targets set in May this year. The […]

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