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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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Norton Rose hires AXA UK co-legal head

Norton Rose has hired insurance giant Axa’s UK co-head of legal in a move that it hopes will reaffirm its place as one of the company’s key advisers. Noleen John joins the firm as a consultant in the corporate insurance team, working part-time. She was previously head of the AXA UK Group legal team and […]

The dark side of the law

Last week the 50th anniversary Commonwealth Law Conference was held in the spectacularly uninspiring concrete surroundings of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. It was a colourful affair and all human life, as always, was in attendance, with a variety of national dress on show and the concreted halls ringing with accents and languages […]

Yahoo! ditches B&M in favour of Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has usurped Baker & McKenzie (B&M) as Yahoo! Europe’s lead adviser following an exhaustive review of external legal suppliers by general counsel Richard Hastings. Hastings, 02’s former UK head of legal, joined the internet company last December and began a rationalisation process almost immediately. Yahoo! is believed to have used around 100 […]

Lord Woolf joins CEDR

Lord Woolf is joining the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) as a special advisor. The former Lord Chief Justice will also become chair of CEDR’s international Conflict Management Advisory Group, which launches this autumn, and he will join the panel of CEDR’s most senior dispute resolution experts. In a statement CEDR said that Lord […]

Linklaters ramps up Dutch team with Nauta rainmaker

Linklaters ramps up Dutch team with Nauta rainmaker” /> Linklaters has continued its campaign to boost its Dutch practice by raiding local market leader Nauta Dutilh to hire corporate partner Peter Goes. Goes’ appointment to the Amsterdam office is the fourth notable addition to the firm’s Dutch arm in the past 18 months. It follows […]

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