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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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Council challenges short stays

Devlin Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in the case of R v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a test battle over alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy regulations in respect of two leasehold flats in Chelsea. The council served breach of condition notices on Lawrie Plantation Services […]

Property

Commercial property partner Jon Vivian and commercial property assistant Kathryn Almond from Cameron McKenna acted for ProLogis Kingspark Developments on its acquisition of a freehold site from The Post Office, for a consideration in excess of £9m. Public sector partner Dion Panambalana and commercial property assistant Lisa Graham of Nabarro Nathanson acted for The Post […]

It's been a bad week for…

Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing […]

Russell Jones opens first job-related illness unit..

Russell Jones & Walker is launching the UK’s first occupational disease unit. Simon Allen, managing partner of Russell Jones’ Sheffield office, says that technology and a changing work environment will make it necessary for personal injury firms to reorganise in this way. But rivals are branding it a publicity stunt to try to drum up […]

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Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance sweep the board in PFI awards

The first awards for PFI work have seen Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy clean up. The PFI awards, organised by The Lawyer’s sister title, The PFI Report, recognised the most innovative deals struck in the sector over the last year. Allen & Overy advised on four of the eight winners. The deals included advising […]

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