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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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Camerons dispenses with Bristol corporate practice

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to close its corporate practice in Bristol Partner Michael Jones, the only Bristol-based partner in the corporate team, will transfer to the London office at the end of July. He is understood to be taking all his clients with him.Of the three corporate assistants in Bristol, one will leave the […]

Clarification

Regarding the story ‘Gibson Dunn scores Lehman Triple’ (The Lawyer, 29 July), we would like to clarify that the work for Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners on the Burford deal remained with Paul Hastings after partner Wayne McArdle moved to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Deals summary

Wragge & Co (Jonathan Denton) advised Chelsea Building Society on the renewal of a e750m (£471.6m) medium-term note programme and on a £100m bond issue. HSBC, which acted as the dealer and trustee, was advised by Linklaters. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Deutsche Bank as arrangers on a e165m (£103.7m) high-yield bond issue by AGZ Finance. […]

The happy day

Flacker Shipping Limited v Glencore Grain Limited (sub nom ‘The Happy Day’) (CA, 2002) raised a question which Lord Justice Mustill, in The Mexico I [1990], left open for “detailed exploration” should it arise in the future This question was: what are the rights of owners to demurrage and charterers to despatch when, under a […]

Hammonds faces court action over Football League contract

The Football League is considering suing Hamm-onds (formerly Hammond Suddards Edge) after failing in the High Court last Thursday (1 August) to hold Carlton and Granada liable for the £178m it is owed by ITV Digital The Football League, advised by Lawrence Graham, lost its case over a contract drawn up by Edge Ellison, now […]

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