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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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Consent payments: are they lawful?

Are ‘payments’ offered to loan note holders to encourage their consent to documentation changes allowed? In an interesting recent case, Sergio Azevedo v Imcopa Importacao, the validity of ‘consent payments’ offered to loan note holders to secure their votes in favour of certain amendments to the terms of the notes was considered, and the result […]

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LSA prompts strategy rethink at quarter of firms, says survey

The Legal Services Act (LSA) is making traditional firms more innovative with 25 per cent planning on changing their strategy as a direct result of the legislation, a survery by advisory firm Baker Tilly has claimed. The company questioned 60 ABS and non-ABS firms of varied sizes about how they maintained competitiveness since the introduction […]

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Linklaters transfers Hong Kong quartet for Seoul launch

Linklaters has confirmed the make-up of its Seoul office following its regulatory go-ahead earlier this month, with the firm transferring four Hong Kong lawyers to staff the newly-launched base. Capital markets partner Hyung Jung Ahn will lead the outpost as head of the Korea practice, joined by banking and projects partner Stephen Le Vesconte, corporate […]

Allen & Overy adds first litigation partner in Perth

Allen & Overy has extended its litigation practice to Perth with the hire of partner Mark van Brakel from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Van Brakel joins Allen & Overy from Corrs’ Perth office, where he has been a partner for three years. Prior to joining Corrs, he spent 13 years with Clayton Utz. His […]

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