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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Last year’s winner of the prestigious Legal Personality of the Year Award, Cherie Booth QC, is to join the judging panel for the fourth annual The Lawyer/Hifal awards to be held on 25 June. Booth will be among a distinguished panel of legal luminaries judging 21 separate awards which will be presented at a ceremony […]

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John Rhodes believes the British government should think twice before attempting to extend money laundering legislation to fiscal offences in offshore jurisdictions. John Rhodes is a partner at city law firm Macfarlanes. No-one objects to laws which help to identify and thwart drug barons. But by planning to introduce legislation against money laundering in offshore […]

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Linklaters advised MEPC on the pre-letting of 340,000 sq ft of the £250m Woolgate Exchange building in Basinghall Street London EC2 to Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, advised by Herbert Smith. Linklaters also advised MEPC on the conditional agreement to buy the freehold from Chase Manhattan Bank, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

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