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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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A year ago this week

Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firms US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr took three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up an Oxford office. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis, the mainstay of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, left to join the first US firm […]

Railtrack

HSBC’s use of long-term adviser Norton Rose, led by Peter Thorne, comes as no surprise, but Railtrack’s instruction of Clifford Chance is a real coup for the firm. It is understood that Clifford Chance won the work last year in a competitive pitch where it came up against Railtrack’s preferred long-term adviser Simmons & Simmons. […]

A VIEW FROM MEXICO

The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill. I experienced the challenge first hand when developing an office […]

Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds. Essentially, a discount rate is the amount taken off victims’ damages to account for any profit gleaned […]

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