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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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Outsourcing company Interserve establishes first Scottish panel

Interserve, the FTSE 250 outsourcer that won one of two private contracts for probation services in England and Wales last month, has put together its first Scottish panel. The company’s assistant general counsel Adrian Pound was responsible for setting up the new roster, which saw Burness Paull and CMS Cameron McKenna beat seven firms to […]

DLA Piper advises on opening of first Ukrainian Gas Exchange

DLA Piper has advised Dragon Capital on the establishment of a new natural gas exchange called Ukrainian Gas Exchange (UGX). On 31 October 2014, the first trading session of UGX took place; Dragon Capital, an investment company, initiated the set-up of UGX in July this year. DLA Piper provided full legal advice and support to […]

No5 barrister participates in panel event dedicated to protection of refugee rights

No5 Chambers barrister S Chelvan was on the panel of an event titled ‘The role of pro-bono lawyers in ensuring the protection of refugee rights’ at the European Pro Bono Forum in London, which ended on 7 November. The Forum, organised by PILnet, attracted delegates from all over the world, including representatives from international law […]

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Outsourcing giant Interserve names CMS and Burness Paull as first Scottish panel

Burness Paull and CMS Cameron McKenna have been named on FTSE 250 outsourcing company Interserve’s first Scottish panel after beating seven firms to make the roster. The company, which last month won one of the two high-profile private contracts for more than half of probation services in England and Wales, put the Scottish panel in […]

US firms continue to add to City presence as promotions season takes hold

It’s US promotions season – that happy time of year when eager associates find out if they are to join their firm’s partnerships. Several US firms have unveiled sizeable promotions rounds this year. White & Case was one of the first off the blocks, making up a total of 37 partners including five in London. […]

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