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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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Dewey Ballantine sets up international reform practice

NEW YORK firm Dewey Ballantine is hiring from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to set up an international legislative reform practice. Herbert Morais, senior assistant general counsel at the IMF, and Ian Newport, chief counsel for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, join the firm as senior policy advisers, but […]

CFAs threaten chambers’ case management skills

CHAMBERS are leaving themselves dangerously exposed because of their failure to keep accurate records of their commitment to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). With legal aid for personal injury cases now replaced by CFAs, barristers face bankruptcy if they cannot effectively manage the expected boom in such cases, as setting appropriate fee rates relies on being […]

Straight down the line

IT SEEMS that every day the media reports the launch of a new e-venture, with comments about the death of the traditional business model. But what is e-commerce? Why should law firms get involved? And if they do, how do they ensure that such projects will be a success? What is e-commerce? E-commerce is the […]

UK games retailer

UK games retailer Gameplay.com buys Israeli games publisher Pixel Broadband for £34m. Clifford Chance (David Lewis, David Martin) and Israeli firm Herzog Fox & Neeman represented Gameplay.com. Pixel Broadband advised by Daniel Blankleder (Daniel Blankleder) and Harbottle & Lewis (Sebastian Belcher).

Orchard rocked by Altheimer attack

CHICAGO-based firm Altheimer & Gray is swooping in on niche City practice Orchard and taking the entire corporate finance team. Four partners, three of them corporate and one in property, are leaving the 10-partner firm. They are head of corporate finance Nick Davis, and his partners Jon Lovitt and Susan Breen, and property partner Nicky […]

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