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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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Legal Widow

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Shaw Pittman, the US firm, has appointed Karen Knab to the newly-created post of executive director. Her arrival coincides with a period of expansion for the Washington DC-based firm, which has added 100 lawyers in the past year to take it to a total of 370. She arrives from the same position at Sutherland Asbill […]

Company secretary leaves food giant

Associated British Foods (ABF) has lost its second company secretary in just six months. David Wilson, who is also director of legal services at the FTSE 100-listed food giant, joined the company in September last year from Debenhams, where he was general counsel and company secretary. It is unclear what has happened to Wilson since […]

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Lawrence Graham represented Legal & General Assurance Society in its £22.5m purchase of Cardiff’s Port Road Retail Park from Standard Life Investments. Property partner Richard Miles and planning solicitor John Palmer advised on the deal. Addleshaw Booth & Co acted for Standard Life.

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