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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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Round one US, next stop Europe?

What promises to be the largest antitrust case of the century has, according to experts, already generated £62.5m in legal fees, and now the EC is launching its own inquiries into computer software giant Microsoft. Anne Mizzi reports. European lawyers are bracing themselves for a mass of competition work generated by the European Commission’s investigation […]

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Macfarlanes represented Shalfleet Properties on the sale of 5.5 acres of North Oxford-based light industrial land to Laing Homes. The sale contains outline planning consent for 65 homes and a related purchase of the long leasehold interest of the last remaining industrial tenant. Tim Steele, property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team including Daniel Rushbrook. […]

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Linklaters & Alliance is understood to be advising communications giant Vodafone on its hostile bid – estimated at more than $100bn (£62.5bn) – for Mannesmann and Orange. The Lawyer understands the Alliance’s London office and its German firm, Oppenhoff & Radler, have been enlisted to prepare the legal framework for the takeover. Linklaters acted for […]

Leigh Day and Fentons act for victims of Nazi slave labour

London personal injury firm Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm Fentons are acting for Second World War slave labour victims in compensation negotiations with German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder. Leigh Day senior partner Martyn Day, solicitor Bozena Michalowska and Fenton partner Kieren Macguire are due to meet the German authorities in Bonn this week to […]

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