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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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Destination HK

Freshfields is boosting its Far East practice with the transfer of a Frankfurt partner, Lucille Barale, to the Hong Kong office next month. Barale speaks Mandarin and is a China specialist. She has worked in Frankfurt for three years, handling German and other European clients investing in China. From next month she will do the […]

Ex-champion's share deal goes sour

Motor racing driver Nigel Mansell is facing allegations of insider share dealing in a case now pending in the High Court’s Chancery Division. Mansell and his wife Rosanne are suing for return of money alleged to have been paid by them to a golfing friend, Anthony Collard, in a share transaction. Collard, who it is […]

Law Society on hunt for publicity and policy gurus

TWO key policy making and publicity supremos are wanted by the Law Society to help it revitalise its flagging image. The new posts of director of policy and director of communications will be advertised in the autumn by the society at competitive salaries. And although several existing officials will by vying for the posts, it […]

SCB is no 'masquerade'

I think it is a bit strong for you to describe the Solicitors Complaints Bureau as an institution which “masquerades” as an independent complaints handling body (The Lawyer 23 July). I have been the partner in our practice dealing with complaints over the past six years and on occasion have had to deal with the […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 06/08/96

Non-disclosure of police reports in appeal healing R v Secretary Of State for the Home Department, ex parte Paul Alexander Cleeland (1996). DC (Auld LJ and Ebsworth J) 25/7/96. Summary: Disclosure of all the evidential material upon which reports on the police conduct of a murder investigation were based held to be sufficient to enable […]

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