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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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Beachcroft Stanleys has launched a free electronic news service for insurance claims professionals. Insurance Litigation Alerts provides weekly updates via e-mail or e-fax on legal developments in the area. To register, e-mail Joanne Dee at the firm’s insurance litigation group at jmd@beachcroft.co. uk or fax her on 0171 894 6180. Partner Brendan McCarthy said: “The […]

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Reuters general counsel and company secretary Simon Yencken has moved into an executive role at the multinational media group, becoming executive director and chief operating officer of a Reuters Silicon Valley software subsidiary TIBCO Finance Technology. The subsidiary, based in Palo Alto, California, provides software to finance companies. He is being replaced later this month […]

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Frankfurt-based Punder Volhard Weber & Axster is to be the first German firm to introduce a full-time executive management. Punder, with the largest Frankfurt office of the German firms, says it has experienced “size-related management problems”. As a result, the firm is abolishing its existing unwieldy partners’ council, comprising three managing partners, the head of […]

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Recently sculpture fan Kirk Murdoch took time off from managing his firm, McGrigor Donald, to visit Glasgow School of Art’s Degree Show. His firm sponsors the private viewing of the show whose highlights include a sculpture of headless chickens by Kirsty Rae Glen, which Murdoch himself particularly warmed to.

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