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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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Fat cats and doormats

I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine’s comments on “fat cat” barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system. If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an […]

Flotations

Berwin Leighton acted for London bus company Metroline on its £37m listing on the London Stock Exchange. Rowe & Maw acted for the sponsors to the listing.

Rakisons loses out on Ecuador contract

Ten-partner City telecoms practice Rakisons has missed the chance to advise the Ecuadorean government on privatising its telecoms operator because it could not get its detailed submission in on time. The firm was shortlisted to advise on the the privatisation of Ecuadorean state telecom operator Emetel alongside four US international giants – O’Melveny & Myers, […]

Property

Norton Rose acted for BICC on its sale of Reading’s 700,000 sq ft Oracle shopping centre site to a joint venture between developer Hammerson, represented by Nabarro Nathanson and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, advised by Simmons & Simmons, which took a 50 per cent interest in the venture.

LAG unveils web site at 25th birthday party

THE party continued on into cyberspace for the Legal Action Group (LAG), which celebrated 25 years of cam- paigning last Friday with the launch of an Internet site and electronic legal services network. The organisation’s web site and an Internet database of legal groups around the world, were due to be unveiled during celebrations at […]

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