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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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Challenge to local authority care cutback

A Yorkshire couple are preparing for a fight to maintain the level of funded care for their severely disabled son, writes Roger Pearson. The level of “respite care” to which people looking after severely handicapped relatives at home are entitled is to be considered by the High Court. A couple from West Yorkshire who care […]

Set to run advocacy courses for cash-strapped solicitors

Verulam Chambers is to launch a pioneering advocacy training programme for solicitors and pupils. The courses, beginning in October, will be run by two of the chambers’ tenants, Elissa Da Costa and Society of Asian Lawyers chairman Sailesh Mehta, who say the demand for the courses has come mainly from their solicitor clients. They will […]

Identity clarified

I should like to make it clear that, after leaving Alsop Wilkinson’s London office in 1996, I joined Garretts as head of their northern litigation practice. I have no connection with senior Guinness property lawyer David Harlock referred to in your front-page news story of 25 November. David Harlock, Garretts Leeds.

Firms hit back at Cadwalader

Clifford Chance and Wilde Sapte are hitting back at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s raid on their staff by putting their three defecting partners on gardening leave and holding them to their full notice periods. Although Cadwaladers’ new London derivatives practice opened on schedule at the beginning of this month, only one partner has […]

In brief: OSS to probe lawyer's 'silly cow' comment

Arnold Rosen, a London solicitor who allegedly told a client that a clerk at a Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court was a “silly cow”, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors after he was reported by a policeman who overheard his comment.

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