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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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Caution urged over financial moves

John Malpas reports CHAMBERS are being warned to ignore approaches by financial advisers in search of joint ventures which would break professional rules. The warning appears in December’s issue of Bar News, the Bar Council’s newssheet. It says a number of chambers have been approached by advisers suggesting they can team up to arrange structured […]

Rock 'n' roll lawyers: niche work if you can get it

NICHE law firms have the music industry carved up among themselves and have pole position in advising virtually all the top UK stars. It may only be rock ‘n’ roll, but with total revenues in excess of $40 billion worldwide and retail sales trebling in just a decade, pop music is proving one of the […]

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Helen Sage reports The police force has finally acquired a single software package to help its fight against crime. After its introduction to the Northumbrian force this month, Analyst’s Notebooks software is being used to fight crime by every force in the UK. The software is used by investigators and analysts to produce a range […]

LAPG calls for action on quality

THE JOINT leaders of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group have called on the Law Society to seize back the quality initiative by introducing more specialist panels and pushing ahead with quality accreditation. In a message to their group, co-chairs Jon Lloyd and Bill Montague have accused the profession of being “too slow off the mark […]

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