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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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Eversheds is in merger talks with 26-partner Newcastle firm Wilkinson Maughan, as the northern city faces a sudden influx of national firms. It is understood that both Dibb Lupton Alsop and Garretts are also looking to move into the city – in Dibb’s case, by taking over an existing firm. Davies Arnold Cooper and Russell […]

Join the networking club

Local and national agency networks are becoming popular, discovers Leo Schulz. One quick route to agency work is to join a network. There are several to choose from which offer a variety of services and attract a range of work. Conquest Legal Marketing was established in 1991 with the aim of cross-referencing conveyancing. Unfortunately, the […]

Permission before you publish

Roger Pearson looks at a ruling which could stop newspapers publishing copyrighted pictures without getting prior consent A recent High Court ruling has posed a major threat to the practice of newspapers which use photographs without the consent of the copyright holders in anticipation of gaining consent at a later stage. The “use now and […]

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Wilde Sapte acted for the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office in transferring loans made by the Housing Corporation in England and Housing for Wales to a private sector special purpose vehicle Orchardbrook

Four-day house buying promise from Marsons

A radical all-in-one property package, which could cut thousands of solicitors out of the conveyancing process, is to be launched this year by Marsons solicitors and insurance giant First American. Brian Marson, senior partner of London firm Marsons, said under his plan, for which a launch date had yet to be fixed, sellers will pay […]

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