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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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When lawyers talk of the South West they usually mean Bristol, which is often seen as the hub for legal services in the region. However, the increasing investment in Devon and Cornwall means that law firms on the South West coast are winning exciting and lucrative mandates. In this South West & Wales Special Report, […]

Freshfields ex-China chief ‘frustrated’ by US strategy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ‘s former China managing partner Mike Moser has taken a parting shot at the magic circle firm for its failure to build a viable US operation. Speaking to The Lawyer about his departure, Moser said he decided to join O’Melveny & Myers because it had more US clients and a larger US […]

James Chapman splits to join Halliwells, Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester’s James Chapman & Co are to merge, but the latter firm’s headline-grabbing commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins, has split to join Brabners Chaffe Street. Both mergers will take effect from 1 May following negotiations lasting just six weeks. James Chapman will add £10m to Halliwells’ bottom line, swelling its revenue […]

Sea, sand and silicon

Devon and Cornwall – for so long dependent on tourism – are now attracting significant investment from the information and communications, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Tim Richards reports These are interesting times for commercial lawyers in Devon and Cornwall. Commercial work in the region is becoming ever-more exciting, with the recent trend toward knowledge-based […]

Lovells bags SoftBank for £9bn Vodafone LBO

Lovells’ Tokyo arm has scooped the lead advisory role on Japan’s largest-ever leveraged buyout (LBO). The firm advised Japanese internet service provider SoftBank on its £9bn purchase of Vodafone’s flagging Japanese mobile telecoms business, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (17 March). The deal is expected to be sealed in the next few weeks, after […]

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