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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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DAC tests potential partners

Davies Arnold Cooper is putting potential new partners through rigorous psychological tests to see if they are up to the job. The firm’s managing director, Nick Sinfield, admits he cannot be certain of spotting partners of the future. Instead candidates are subjected to days of extensive psychological testing to see if they have the right […]

Barristers' pay is more than enough

Your article “Barristers fight solicitors for share of a shrinking market” (The Lawyer, 21 June) suggests barristers can compete effectively on price by charging a “very low rate” of #50 per hour, and that their overheads are around 25 per cent of earnings. Let’s do some calculations on this. Suppose these barristers work for 30 […]

This week

Watch out for the answer to the question on the tip of every legal expert’s tongue – was Mick Jagger’s marriage ceremony with Jerry Hall on the island of Bali a proper wedding? A High Court judge is due to give his opinion on the matter this week.

False bills of lading sink shipping trio

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal against damages awarded in a shipping case centring on falsely dated bills of lading. The Court of Appeal is to rule on a case of major importance in shipping circles. The case centres on what Mr Justice Cresswell described in the High Court decision being challenged as the “cancer” […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

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