This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 31 October 2014

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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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Gateley partner comments on July–September insolvency statistics

William Ballmann, chair of R3 in Yorkshire and partner at Gateley, has commented on the July–September England and Wales insolvency statistics. According to Ballmann, the recent spikes in personal insolvency numbers have been partially driven by people switching into formal processes — usually IVAs — having previously been in unrecorded debt management plans. It may be that […]

General Motors GC retires after 37 years at auto giant

A month after General Motors (GM) chief executive Marry Barra made an impassioned defence of her general counsel Michael Millikin in front of the US Senate it has emerged that he is to retire. Millikin’s decision comes after five years in the top legal job at GM and 37 at the company. In recent months […]

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Olswang at the crossroads as turnover lags peer group

UK 200 figures show that Olswang has lagged behind its TMT competitors over time, and it will shortly have to cope with the arrival of Cooley in London. With CEO David Stewart now out the door, does the firm have a plan? US technology big beast Cooley has not even launched yet in London, but […]

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Irwin Mitchell acquires Mayfair-based Berkeley Law

Irwin Mitchell has acquired Mayfair based private wealth specialists Berkeley Law in a bid to gain ground in London. As well as the Mayfair headquarters, the acquisition includes a separate residential property and conveyancing business, Berkeley Hurrell in Kensington. Berkeley Law is believed to turn over between £3m and £4m per annum and specialises in […]

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