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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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Fladgate advises on construction of tallest building in Wales

Fladgate is advising the Cardiff Marine Group in its £60m Bayscape marina development, where construction is set to begin on Wales’s tallest building. A cross-department team advised the group on its corporate restructuring and refinancing. It also represented the company in its 25-year management agreement with Wyndham Hotels, which will take up residence in the […]

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Camerons battles backlash from controversial outsourcing deal

CMS CAMERON McKenna has admitted that a ­number of elements of its business support function may be retained in-house after ­facing a barrage of criticism over its deal with outsourcing specialist Integreon. Since the news of the £600m deal broke, The Lawyer’s online messageboard has been inundated with comments from Camerons’ staff criticising the tie-up.Director of operations […]

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SNR Denton: The Movie

First there was the humble wedding video. Next came the somewhat less innocent age of the celebrity sex tape. Now, with transatlantic tie-ups the sujet du jour for the ambitious law firm, high command at the newly monikered SNR Denton give us ’Merger: The Movie’. The mind-bogglingly irony-free video nasty features soon to be co-CEOs […]

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Langley departure sees Watson Burton searching for new leader

WATSON Burton has been left without a leader after ­former senior partner Robert Langley left the firm despite vowing to stay until his replacement was installed.Langley stood down from the role, which he had held since 2007, in April. He is believed to have been placed on gardening leave earlier this month, ahead of his […]

Kennedys pulls a U-turn on lawyer bonuses

Kennedys is to pay bonuses at the financial year-end after telling lawyers last year that they would no longer receive the package. In March 2008 staff were told that the salary enhancement scheme would be abandoned at the 2009-10 year-end in favour of a salary rise for all. At the time senior partner Nick Thomas […]

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