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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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White & Case (Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes) represented ABN Amro Bank and JP Morgan Europe on the $150m (£103.5m) bond issue for Kazkommerts International. Issuer advised by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Drew Salvest). Linklaters (Roberto Christofolini) advised Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole Indosuez-Lazard as arranger and sole underwriter for the e143.7m (£89.6m) convertible bond issue by […]

Shoosmiths wins WHSmith panel place

Shoosmiths has taken the place of Dechert on the WHSmiths property panel after beating competition from eight other firms in a major review Dechert joins existing provider Manches in a two-way partnership. The work includes property acquisitions, disposals, property litigation and property management. The stationery retailer revealed plans late last year to increase its number […]

Eversheds looks for Dutch ally as Boekel link folds…

Eversheds is in the market for a new merger partner in the Netherlands after agreeing to break off its exclusive association with Boekel de Nerée The decision – revealed last week on www.thelawyer. com/lawyernews – comes as litigation partner Alan Jenkins steps into the role of international director, previously held by Victor Semmens, who retires […]

Mayer Brown caught in CFS fraud firing line

Fraud and negligence charges denied by US firm; no limited liability in Illinois Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw stands accused of securities fraud and negligence by institutional investors in bankrupt US company Commercial Financial Services (CFS). The investors have taken issue with work undertaken by Mayer Brown on securitisation transactions for CFS.The case could spell […]

Co-op considers action against Merrill Lynch

Richards Butler has been appointed by the Co-operative Group to investigate possible legal action against Merrill Lynch over the management of its £2bn pension fund The Co-operative Group announced on Friday (17 May) that it is ending its 30-year relationship with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers following dissatisfaction over its investment performance and the recent departure […]

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