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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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Simpson Thacher cuts associate bonuses

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has joined the growing number of US firms that are cutting associate bonuses this year. The firm has halved bonuses for the 2008 financial year and is understood to have abandoned special bonuses. Last year junior lawyers received a bonus of $35,000 but this year the figure has dropped to $17,500. […]

Hammonds promises layoffs are a ‘one-off’

Hammonds chief Peter Crossley has vowed that there will be no more redundancies at the firm once the current consultation affecting 95 staff is completed. Crossley told The Lawyer: “This is a one-off. It’s ­unfortunate that we have announced the consultation, but we’re taking a ­considered and pessimistic view of the next six months.” The […]

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Magic circle takes prudent approach to US bonuses

Magic circle firms have vowed to take a conservative approach to this year’s round of US associate bonuses as economic conditions continue to worsen. The US managing partners of Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer highlighted financial prudence as a key factor in setting year-end bonuses, adding that it is also important to […]

Davis Polk advises Citigroup on US government bailout

Davis Polk & Wardwell has scored another credit crunch-related mandate, advising US bank Citigroup on its $20bn (£13.4bn) government bailout. Davis Polk partners Gar Bason, Randall Guynn, Louis Goldberg and Avishai Shachar are leading the team acting for the bank. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising the US Treasury on the deal. The move […]

Hammonds faces former partners in High Court

Hammonds was up in the High Court today for a £3m profit dispute hearing with former partners. Hammonds attended the High Court today for a £3m profit dispute hearing that will determine whether the firm’s managing partner Peter Crossley (pictured) will become embroiled in the case. The case management conference, which is set down for […]

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