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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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Simmons Italian raid provides employment law capability

Simmons & Simmons’ Italian practice is to launch an employment law capability with a team from Turin firm Rossotto e Associate. Guiseppe Menegazzi joins Simmons as an equity partner from Rossotto’s Milan office, where he was head of the firm’s labour law unit. He brings a team of four lawyers with him and a practice […]

A&O and Linklaters wrap up German telecoms financing

Magic circle rivals Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters & Alliance have together completed one of the biggest telecoms financings of the year. In a German deal, A&O advised E-Plus and its major shareholder KPN Mobile on a euro2.5bn (£1.54bn) non-recourse facility to refinance its existing project financing and to provide finance for further network […]

Osborne Clarke and McGuinness merge

Osborne Clarke is launching an attack on the London property market by merging with niche West End property firm McGuinness Finch. Four property partners, two planning partners and one property litigation partner will join Osborne Clarke on 1 June, following several months of discussions. The team also includes five assistants. Founded in 1985, McGuinness earned […]

No gain without pain

While many law firms in the UK still have to get to grips with the fundamentals of advertising, there is one London firm that has certainly grasped the bull by the horns. Just take a look at the latest offerings from divorce specialists Brookman. Well, they are certainly bold. There are two ads: one, which […]

pwc / coba

This is Landwell’s first significant deal for its accountancy parent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and it came through a personal contact with PwC’s head of transaction services Paul Rawlinson. It was a significant acquisition for his group as Coba is a company that specialises in providing strategic advice and commercial due diligence to private equity clients. It […]

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