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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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Weil Gotshal & Manges’ Washington office is bolstering its practice with the appointment of an in-house counsel from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Catherine Dixon, chief counsel of the division of corporate finance at the SEC, will join the US firm in June as a partner. She will be part of Weil Gotshal’s SEC […]

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Hammond Suddards’ liability insurance litigation department is striking out on its own – avoiding being sold-off to the highest bidder. The firm, which is called Praxis Partners, was going to be sold after Hammonds brought in accountants Grant Thornton to co-ordinate a purchase (The Lawyer, 3 April). Jane Dixon, one of three partners at Praxis, […]

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Tom Winsor v Railtrack. A fight over a £10m fine is due to arrive in court soon – although no one is quite sure when. Railtrack is taking the rail regulator Winsor to the HighCourt over his decision to fine the track and signalling giant and the UK’s best-loved transport company for falling below its […]

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Simmons & Simmons is abandoning its highly-regarded charities practice to south-east firm Stone King, saying that it is not profitable enough. Rated team leader Robert Meakin is relocating to the London office of 10-partner Stone King after he was asked by Simmons to find an alternative practice which was not a competitor. Meakin is joining […]

Davis Wright forges first global e-commerce group

Ten top international firms are launching the first global law firm alliance that focuses exclusively on e-commerce law and the internet. Led by 375-lawyer US firm Davis Wright Tremaine, the Global Alliance for eCommerce Law includes Australia’s top-five firm Clayton Utz and leading Hong Kong practice Johnson Stokes & Master. The group has members in […]

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