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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

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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

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Paisner & Co represented a Prada Group German subsidiary Jil Sander on the establishment of its London store and additional offices. The firm also advised Prada on the lease of premises which will become its UK headquarters. David Levy, a property partner at Paisners, headed both deals.

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The Franklin Mint v the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. US fans of Diana can continue to collect the People’s Princess Doll, her ensembles and even a wardrobe/carry case. The maker of the doll has won its legal battle with the memorial fund, which sought to stop the company producing Diana memorabilia. Lawyers argued […]

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