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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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BLG’s Canning quits for Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown” />Mayer Brown has dealt a major blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), poaching a three-partner team led by commercial litigation head Clare Canning. Canning is set to join Mayer Brown along with partners Simon Willis and Matthew Lawson in the coming weeks. Julian Randall, currently a litigation partner at BLG, will step […]

Stephenson Harwood in Singapore AIM focus

Stephenson Harwood has ramped up its international capabilities with the launch of a Singapore corporate practice. London corporate partner Matthew Gorman will head the group, which will focus on AIM flotations from Asia as well as building up a full-service corporate team with private equity and M&A lawyers. Gorman said: “Until now we’ve serviced Singapore […]

Judges demand Euro data protection accord

Judges and eminent legal figures across Europe are set to launch a steering group to harmonise data protection for criminal proceedings. The decision to set up the group came out of the Council of Europe Seminar on Data Protection in Criminal Proceedings held in Strasbourg. Procedural law professor Angeles Gutierrez Zarza of Universidad de Castilla-La […]

McDermott loses its way in City as US management keeps shtoom

Last week (17 September) The Lawyer reported on the departure of McDermott Will & Emery corporate rainmaker William Charnley, who defected to rival firm Mayer Brown. His move is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the US firm’s London office, leading people to speculate that discontent is rife and morale is […]

ITV bags hat trick hero

“I counted them all out and I counted them all back.” Not soldiers, of course, or Chelsea managers, but solicitors out of and into private practice. Today ITV announced that it had enticed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae partner Andrew Garard back in-house, while Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has recruited BBC lawyer Jaron Lewis into its […]

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