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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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Eversheds’ German merger talks collapse

Eversheds‘ hopes of a deal in Germany have been scuppered yet again after talks with Cologne firm Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partners ended in failure to secure a relationship. The abandoned negotiations are the latest setback for Eversheds in Germany. Three years ago, it lost out to Norton Rose by one vote when partners at […]

Fenwick suffers further litigation exit

Fenwick & West has been hit with yet another departure in litigation, this time to Los Angeles firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.Partner Claude Stern, an intellectual property specialist, has jumped shipped to Quinn Emanuel. His move follows the surprise defection earlier this year of Fenwick’s former litigation group chairman Timothy Roake to Gibson […]

Barclays rejects merged entity Addleshaw Goddard

The merger of Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard has received a setback following its failure to secure a place on the Barclays general advisory panel. Addleshaw Booth & Co had been in the running for a place, but is understood to have missed out because of concerns at Barclays about the merged entity, […]

BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]

Shearman’s London office bags third Linklaters lawyer

Shearman & Sterling’s London office is continuing its aggressive recruitment drive after taking on another former Linklaters lawyer. John Schmidt, a senior associate in competition who has experience in a number of areas, including EU, UK, German and multijurisdictional merger control, spent five years in Brussels at his former firm before returning to London in […]

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