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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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Exchange’s turnover rises to tune of £1m

Liverpool and Manchester set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to report its 2004-05 income. Liverpool and Manchester set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to report its 2004-05 income. The set saw turnover rise by £1m from last year’s £13.1m, announcing income of £14.1m for the last financial year. This is […]

RHM in conflict with ex-counsel

RHM Foodbrands, the main operating company of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis Bread, has become embroiled in a spat with its former interim head of legal. IP specialist Kevin Mutch was RHM’s interim legal head until Thomas Murphy took the helm two months ago. He is claiming that he and one other senior lawyer were […]

DWS partnership faces “holistic” examination

Many explanations have been mooted for the partner haemorrhage at Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). One factor common to the defections of the high-billing media/IP team was dissatisfaction with the merit-orientated remuneration system. The firm is now embarking on a wholesale review of the system, albeit as part of what managing partner Howard Morris calls a […]

A sight for Warsaw eyes

Osborne Clarke is, understandably, delighted with its flash new London Wall digs, complete with outdoor barbie area and sweeping views over St Paul’s and towards… erm… Clifford Chance‘s old Aldersgate Street offices and over the glorious roofs and air-conditioning units of the Barbican. The splendid scene caused one Polish in-house waiter to remark: “It’s so […]

Slaughter and May promote six to partnership

Slaughter and May will announce six new partners on 1 May 2005. Simon Nicholls, David Watkins and Benita Yu will be made up in corporate and M&A; Mark Dwyer and Matthew Tobin, in corporate andfinance and Claire Jeffs in competition.

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