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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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New system speaks your language

Alison Laferia reports PC users can surf the Net or produce electronic documents simply by talking, with a new version of speech recognition technology recently launched by Dragon Systems. DragonDictate for Windows version 2.1: British English, allows the user to access Netscape browser menus and dialogue boxes by speaking. It also lets the user dictate […]

Gary Streeter: hard man goes in feet first

GARY STREETER is one month into his role as parliamentary secretary for the Lord Chancellor’s Department and has already created a furore by calling legally aided litigants “state-funded Rottweilers”. As a qualified solicitor, Streeter may presume he is qualified to make such a comparison, especially as he spent 16 years working at Plymouth firm Foot […]

FUTURE FOR FRAUD. The conman, the crime and the costs

Fraudsters using false financial instruments are stealing more than £6 million a day from businesses, individuals and even governments, according to a report by the International Chamber of Commerce. (The Times 1 March). That bland but startling report conceals much more than it reveals. The cost of fraud to society runs into billions and affects […]

SA lawyers plan to unite

South Africa’s leading black and white lawyers are to meet at the end of this month to thrash out a plan to create a unified post-apartheid body to govern themselves. The country’s attorneys – the equivalent of solicitors – are regulated, under a 1974 statute, by the four provincial law societies of Natal, the Cape, […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/07/96

Ian Alldis Coutts, 52, admitted 1971, practising at material times as Coutts, St Peter Port, Guernsey, fined £1,00 and ordered to pay £890 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver accountants report on time and failed to comply with decision of conduct committee of adjudication & appeals committee of Solicitors Complaints Bureau ordering him to […]

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