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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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Charles Baker

Abigail Townsend meets Lawrence Graham’s new shipping partner Charles Baker, a lawyer who loves to travel but hates the journey from his home to Heathrow. Charles Baker, maritime expert and new shipping partner at Lawrence Graham, is a keen traveller and explorer of different cultures – but he has his limits. While he is happy […]

BP chops in-house legal team

Up to 20 per cent of BP’s in-house lawyers are to be axed over the next couple of months as a result of the £67.5bn merger with Amoco completed late last year. BP is planning to cut its legal department, which employs over 340 lawyers worldwide. Peter Bevan, head of BP’s legal department, says: “The […]

Litigation Writs 11/01/99

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is suing Michael Clarke, of London SE6, in respect of a collapsed £2.2m property deal. The writ says Clarke agreed to buy property called Lake View at Farnborough, in Kent, with additional land, for £2.2m in December 1995, and instructed solicitors Streathers to act for him. It alleges that Mr […]

Brothers in law put up a fight

They are the wise guys. Richard and Ian Wise to be precise. And between them they have kept thousands of Britain’s most disadvantaged citizens out of jail. Last month, they won a landmark High Court ruling giving hundreds of fine defaulters the go-ahead to begin compensation claims for wrongful imprisonment. Their influence is becoming legendary […]

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