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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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Martineaus launches e-business network

Martineau Johnson is launching a website aimed at matching high-tech entrepreneurs with venture capitalists. The website, Go4dosh, is designed to allow those with ideas but a lack of funding to place a summary of their business plan on the internet. Potential investors can then be put in touch with them by contacting the firm. Martineau […]

US firms struggle to hire local talent as partners resist the lure of profits

Despite having plenty of cash, US firms in London are finding it hard to recruit local lawyers. Claire Smith reports The us’s most profitable firms are failing to attract UK lawyers in the London market, who are opting instead for the smaller pay packets of their less profitable rivals. Figures released by American Lawyer magazine […]

Slaughters loses out on Orange web deal

Telecoms giant Orange has instructed Bristol firm Burges Salmon on a corporate deal for the first time, snubbing Slaughter and May. The company, which has a legal department based in Bristol, has previously used the local firm for property and planning work and the magic circle firm for corporate work. But on its acquisition of […]

CC sets up European conflict check team

Clifford Chance has taken responsibility for conflict checks away from partners and has set up an internal compliance function – the first of its kind in Europe. The firm brought in the new conflicts function to the Frankfurt office last week. Impetus for the move came after the merger with Rogers & Wells and Pünder […]

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I was playing the lying down game with the children the other day, a game I much appreciate as it involves a lot of lying down – something a mother of three rarely gets the chance to do, even at legitimate hours of the night. The three children were operating on me, having admitted me […]

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