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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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Testing compensation levels

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are “no longer fair and reasonable”. Eight test cases involving a spread […]

Mediators offer little value

Marion Simmons QC argues that lawyers possess the skills necessary to have a structured discussion between themselves, their client and the other parties without requiring the intervention of a mediator to reach a compromise. Marion Simmons QC practises at 3/4 South Square. Is a decision by a judge always the best way to resolve a […]

Lariam claims discontinued

I refer to the claims section of the 21 February edition of The Lawyer on page 25. You report that a woman named Rebecca Shaw has launched proceedings against her doctor and Roche Products in connection with the anti-malarial drug Lariam. However, Shaw discontinued her claim approximately two years ago. What has happened is that […]

Scuffle of the week

Cherie Booth v The Mail on Sunday. Booth certainly knows which friendly judge to phone at 2am, managing to get an early morning injunction to stop the Mail on Sunday presses and force the paper to try and retrieve 1.5 million copies that had already been printed. The injunction bans the Mail on Sunday from […]

Daniel Lightman on the university breach of contract case. Daniel Lightman, acting for Fishel, is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers.

Before his resignation in 1997 Dr Simon Fishel was a world-renowned clinical IVF embryologist and scientific director of the University of Nottingham’s infertility unit, where he was responsible for the unit’s embryologists. While employed by the university, Fishel carried out paid treatment work abroad, sometimes using embryologists from his unit. Each of their employment contracts […]

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