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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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Time to call time on licensing laws?

David Young, partner, Eversheds Elizabeth Southorn, head of licensing unit, Richards Butler Peter Glazebrook, partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse The Home Office is under increased pressure from the drinks industry to review proposals on liquor licensing laws. A group of trade bodies representing the industry presented a list of proposed changes to the Home Office last […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

In brief: Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig, ranked 64th biggest law firm in the US in terms of gross revenue, has taken over 30-lawyer corporate, litigation and property firm O’Connor Cavanagh in Phoenix. Greenbergs has also opened new offices in Boston, having poached three partners and two associates from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

PwC plans total integration of legal network

Big five accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to impose a new integrated structure for its entire legal network and a common brand name before the end of the year. The accountancy giant has appointed branding consultancy Interbrand Newell & Sorrell to come up with a single global name for its law firms which include the […]

B&M hires head of tax from KPMG

Baker & McKenzie has found a head of tax for its Madrid office, as the global firm builds its international tax group. Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG’s Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team. The position she fills became vacant following the departure […]

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