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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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US practices struck by defections

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster and New York firm White & Case have been hit by the departures of top-level partners and assistants. A five-partner team and 12 associates left the Manhattan office of Morrison & Foerster to join 83-partner New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. And 14 lawyers exchanged the litigation department of […]

Couple sues firm for severe 'disruption' of lives

A FIRM is being sued over a property deal which allegedly caused a couple to live and work from a hotel for a month and twice postpone a holiday to Italy. The writ, drawn up by Islington-based Bolt Burdon, has been issued against Chesham firm Richardson Smith & Co. Richardson Smith partner Linda Wood says […]

In brief: UK top of the league in energy stakes

British firms have taken the top five places in an international league table based on knowledge of world energy laws. Allen & Overy came first for the second year running in the energy finance awards run by Petroleum Economist magazine. Slaughter and May came second, Clifford Chance third, Linklaters & Paines fourth and Herbert Smith […]

Firm rolls out the barrel

With the alternative investment market (AIM) opening for business this month, Theodore Goddard has produced a spoof prospectus. Its intention is to demonstrate the workings of AIM, its rules and potential difficulties. The spoof details the operations of a fictitious brewery called Spoofbrew plc, looking to raise money through an issue of shares to be […]

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