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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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European bank cuts panel for advice in East to cut costs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is cutting the number of firms it uses for English and local law advice on financing projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Until recently, the 20 or so in-house lawyers at the EBRD had not co-ordinated the way in which they chose firms. In an effort to […]

Herbert Smith prize

Herbert Smith’s international energy practice has been voted the best in the UK by the Petroleum Economist Energy Finance 1998 poll. The firm came second worldwide, after US law firm Vinson & Elkins.

Trading can be a taxing task

As donations fall, charities must look to other means of funding. But diversification can carry pitfalls, warns Helen Whymant. Helen Whymant is an assistant solicitor at Dickinson Dees. As the impact of the fall in donations to charities hits home, more charities are boosting their income by becoming involved in an array of trading activities. […]

Accountants still have a lot to learn

The breakdown of the Arthur Andersen/Wilde Sapte deal may be ominous for Wilde Sapte but it is also bad news for Arthur Andersen. While the main focus is undoubtedly on the plight of Wilde Sapte, which has been jilted so publicly at the altar, questions must also be asked about Arthur Andersen’s role. The Big […]

In brief: Eversheds offers telephone conveyancing

Eversheds has become the third law firm to link up with an estate agent, Hambro Countrywide, to offer a seven-day conveyancing telephone service. Eversheds has invested about £1m in the Manchester business, Home 2 Home, due to launch this month under the management of partner Morag Joyce. Similar services are provided by Northampton law firm […]

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