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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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Constructive work on CPE

I am writing to you in connection with Chris Fogartys article, Students slam new CPE (The Lawyer, 30 September). This was discussed at the meeting of the CPE Board on Tuesday 7 October and all the board members were concerned at the allegation that the students felt they could not complain about the new course […]

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Solicitors indemnity fund: Troubled indemnity

Graham Balchin says it is time SIF looked at its own claims handling record. Graham Balchin is head of the professional negligence department at Bolt Burdon. Much has been written in recent weeks about the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and the extraordinary u450m shortfall of the current year. Discussion has centred on […]

Liverpool magistrate protests at inefficiencies

A STIPENDIARY magistrate sitting at Liverpools City Magistrates Court halted proceedings to vent his frustration at the courts inefficiency. This court does not provide an efficient public service, stormed Paul Firth. The time has come for someone to make a public stand. His outburst was provoked by a string of administrative failures at the courthouse, […]

Equal rights boss enters Law Soc race

The chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Kamlesh Bahl, is to stand for the deputy vice-presidency of the Law Society, putting her on course to become the first woman president in its 166-year history. Bahl, who has confirmed her candidacy surprisingly early, will stand with vice-president Michael Mathews and deputy vice-president Robert Sayer when […]

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