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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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Bring on 'super SIB'

While the Treasury reviews the regulation of financial services, legal groups are watching and waiting, ready to influence the shape of the predicted ‘super SIB”. As the Government puts together its review of the regulatory structures for financial services providers, law firms are preparing to put forward their side of the story. Financial services legal […]

Financial Services. A marriage of convenience

Alliance with a private bank strengthens existing and potential client relationships, argues Simon Lough. Simon Lough is director at Cripps Harries Hall in London. Cripps Harries Hall has recently formed an alliance with Citibank International which is believed to be the first of its kind between a law firm and a bank. Citibank will provide […]

Taking on girl power in court

Roger Pearson looks at how the Spice Girls have so far failed in their bid to prevent an Italian company using their photographs. The Spice Girls are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in two pieces of litigation at the High Court. As reported on this page (The Lawyer, 10 June), solicitor Ian Clifford has launched […]

Election law. Rocking the vote

THE LAST time the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys looked at the electoral register, it found that three to four million people were missing from it. That many people could vote in a new government. They could keep the existing government in power, for that matter. These are the unknowns – the young, the […]

Northern networking

The 1997 series of Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa) financial services roadshows reached its climax in Scotland in March, with events in Dundee and Glasgow drawing large and enthusiastic audiences. In Dundee there were 90 delegates and in Glasgow 110, with firms travelling the length and breadth of Scotland for the events, from Tain, […]

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