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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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Clifford Chance and A&O take lead on £8.4bn Middle East property deal

Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised on a state-backed merger between property companies Sorouh and Aldar One, to create Abu Dhabi’s largest real estate developer. The move is intended to stabilise the real estate market in Abu Dhabi, which is yet to fully recover from the economic downturn. Aldar One has been […]

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Judgment call: 1 July 2013, in association with Westlaw UK, a Thomson Reuters’ product

Planning and environment (1) Borough of Telford and Wrekin (2) St Modwen Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Interested parties: 1. Ravenhill Limited 2. David John Tringham (trading As Audley Avenue Business Parks); 2013 WL 2628680. QBD (Admin) Turner J. 14 June 2013 Under the national planning policy framework, preference was […]

Recovering the cost of business time spent on litigation

If your business has been disrupted by a problem that later leads to litigation, you may be able to recover the cost of time spent by management and staff in remedying the problem. Current guidance from the courts has provided support to businesses seeking to recover wasted management costs caused by another party’s tort or […]

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IP crime unit launched by City of London police

A new police unit to tackle IP crime and online piracy will be launched in September by the Intellectual Property Office. The office will give £2.5m in funding over two years to the City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud, to allow it to establish and run the unit aid and enforce […]

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Opinion: Helping to protect our soldiers

As the Snatch Land Rover case ends, recognition of soldiers’ legal status abroad is welcome, if overdue The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013], aka the Snatch Land Rover claims, defines the extent and nature of the Government’s obligations to protect armed service personnel on active service abroad. […]

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