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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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Senior clerk leaves Falcon Chambers

London property set Falcon Chambers has parted company with senior clerk Mark Clewley on. The set has chosen not to appoint first deputy Steven Francis, who is currently the acting senior clerk, as the successor, despite his long service under Clewley. Head of chambers Jonathan Gaunt QC says: “We’re all sorry to see Mark go, […]

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Now and again, Tulkinghorn has to sit through tedious whinging from some rookie assistant that he is working so hard that squatters have now claimed his Docklands “pad” and he hadn’t realised that his girlfriend got married over six months ago. But Tulkinghorn can tell you a story that will touch your hardened hearts. Reading […]

Maclay Murray merger boosts employment

Maclay Murray & Spens is gearing up for an anticipated surge in employment work by merging with niche Edinburgh practice Mackay Simon. Maclay Murray has announced it is to merge with the seven-partner employment practice within three months. While the merged firm will be called Maclay Murray & Spens, Mackay Simon will lend its name […]

Horsey Bomer merges with Halsey Lightly

Newbury commercial property firm Horsey Bomer has completed a merger with London and Oxford practice Halsey Lightly, creating a 14-partner firm. The new firm is called Horsey Lightly and ironically, given the name, merger talks were sparked through a chance encounter at Newbury racecourse. Name partner John Horsey met Trevor Milne-Day, head of Halsey Lightly’s […]

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