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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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Living Culture: A Values-Driven Approach to Revitalising Your Company Culture by Jan Thornbury, published by Random House (ISBN 0-7126-6959-0) A self-help guide for corporations, this book advises how to identify your firm’s culture and “revitalise it” to maximise success. Jan Thornbury is a business consultant who assisted KPMG in their “culture change” process. Stephen Butler, […]

Pinsent Curtis logjam prompts departure

Pinsent Curtis Biddle is losing one of its highest billing partners to US firm Arnold & Porter. Jeremy Willcocks is understood to be among some of the highest billers at Pinsent Curtis despite being a salaried partner. At Arnold & Porter, however, he will take equity as well as become head of corporate. One source […]

Sullivan & Cromwell expands Australian presence in Sydney

Sullivan & Cromwell is increasing its Australian practice with the opening of a Sydney office. The New York giant was one of the first US firms to open an office in Australia and has had a base in Melbourne since 1983. But it has now decided to increase its coverage with the Sydney expansion. Chairman […]

Finnegan’s stake

The head of Osborne Clarke‘s new Silicon Valley office has more than one thing in common with the firm’s managing partner Leslie Perrin. Like him, Angus Finnegan was rejected by the firm when he applied for a training contract and, again like Perrin, he went back for more and has since rocketed to the top. […]

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