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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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Nasdaq, Deutsche Börse and NYSE: who will finally win over the LSE?

Husnara Begum reports on the three-way battle to take over the London Stock Exchange The protracted battle to take over the London Stock Exchange (LSE) has got bloody. And thanks to the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) decision to merge with Paris-based Euronext, the future of the LSE is now more uncertain than ever before. […]

DWS’s diversity: better late than never

News reaches The Lawyerthat Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS)is finally going to appoint a partner who will havespecific responsibility for diversity. So far, seven volunteers have stepped forward, with chiefexecutive Howard Morris expected to make a decision on theappointment in the next few weeks. Most firms have already appointed a ‘diversity captain’, so one wonders why […]

Lewis Silkin recovers with 40 per cent profit hike

Lewis Silkin is celebrating a staggering 40 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) after two years of plummeting profits. The firm saw PEP climb back to £226,000 from 2005’s £162,000, but it still has to regain the heights of 2003, when PEP was recorded at £245,000. Meanwhile, turnover rose 14 per […]

Turnover boost sees IBB target UK elite

South East firm IBB Solicitors has posted an 8 per cent increase in turnover, with total revenue hitting £13m. However, profit remained static at £231,000 due to a £1m investment in new premises and lateral hires. IBB is targeting a slot in the UK’s top 100 firms based on turnover. It has seen a revenue […]

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