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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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SIF shortfall now nearly £500m

In a desperate bid to limit the damage of a hole of almost £500m in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the Law Society is launching a task force to examine how it can ease the pain for law firms faced with massive hikes in contributions. In a report that shocked the the Law Society’s Council […]

The Lawyer launches Internet web site

THIS week, to coincide with the newspaper’s tenth anniversary, The Lawyer makes its debut on the Internet with the launch of its web site. The site complements the weekly issues of The Lawyer newspaper and contains all the week’s news and features, updated every Tuesday morning, as well as all the announcements and recruitment advertisements […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 10/06/97

Covenant in lease to keep supermarket open Cooperative Insurance Society Ltd (Respondents) v Argyll Stores (Holdings) Ltd (Appellants) (1997) Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Hoffmann, Hope and Clyde) 21/5/97 Summary: A decree of specific performance will not issue to enforce a keep-open covenant in a lease.

Let all the troubles begin

This year promised to be a watershed in the history of the legal profession – three Government Green Papers appeared: on the rights of audience in the higher courts, fusion of the two branches of the profession, MDPs, the eligibility of solicitors for the High Court bench and the future of the probate monopoly. Other […]

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