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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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Eleven quit Simmons Italy for Alliance member Gianni

Simmons & Simmons’ Italian practice has lost an equity partner and 10 other lawyers to Linklaters & Alliance member Gianni Origoni & Partners following management restructuring at Simmons aimed at making it more democratic. Corporate partner Stefano Speroni leaves with of counsel Eugenio Grippo, as well as Andrea Giannelli, eight other lawyers and four trainees. […]

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Life in Northern Ireland has improved dramatically in recent years. The peace has brought dividends in commercial transactions and an increase in investment in the province, with the result of a greater range and volume of commercial work available for lawyers. English law firms are now expressing an interest in work in Belfast, while Dublin […]

Finers acquires Nathan Silman

West end merger to boost Finers’ property client base: Our Price and Virgin Retail poised to sign up. West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent is taking over niche retail property practice Nathan Silman, scooping clients that include Our Price, Virgin Retail and Adecco. Finers Stephens carried out a strategic review last year and identified retail […]

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Think Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, think probably the best M&A firm in the world ever. Then think about its strategy in London, and you will probably draw a blank. Currently poised to hire Lovells private equity guru Allan Murray-Jones, to stake a claim in Italy and bulk up in Germany, the firm topping […]

Eversheds Bristol closure gifts Osborne Clarke with partner…

Osborne Clarke has hired a second partner from Eversheds‘ Bristol office ahead of its closure next month. Eversheds head of national licensing Jeremy Philips, who is highly rated in his field, will join Osborne Clarke’s property group on 1 May. He follows Eversheds banking litigation partner Nicolas Mehlig, who joins Osborne Clarke this month (The […]

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