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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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Goodhart joins Gough Square from closing set

Lord Goodhart QC, Liberal Democrat peer and head of chancery commercial chambers Gough Square, is to join Gough Square Chambers when his current set dissolves on 1 November. It is a natural move for Goodhart, who has been used by 3 New Square to lead its members in cases on consumer credit, banking and timeshare. […]

Encryption

There is no doubt that the tragic events in the US will have a dramatic effect on the way we can lead our lives. Recent reports suggest that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may have been planned using encryption technology. The terrorists may have hidden maps and photographs of their […]

Punting for change

Ireland’s tax laws attract a lot of global business, but as Vincent Power reports, the planned revision of its mergers and competition regimes could be the cause of some consternation The UK Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) website states: “Ireland offers great potential for UK companies. It is our fifth-largest export market, taking a […]

Linklaters’ Americas head plans US and Euro growth

Linklaters & Alliance’s newly-appointed managing partner for the Americas Terence Kyle is pressing ahead with plans to grow the firm’s US finance practice and to launch a US law capability in Frankfurt. Kyle said the firm will make lateral hires. “My to do list includes establishing a US law presence in Frankfurt, significantly increasing the […]

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