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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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Appeal Court rejects TV claims

THE COURT of Appeal has hit back at a campaigning TV programme which accused it of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice. In a recent episode of Trial and Error, the programme alleged the court had refused to hear crucial evidence at the appeal of 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, convicted […]

Baltic boost for Hills

Hill Taylor Dickinson assistant Roderick Palmer has been seconded to the Kalpeida branch of the Agricultural Bank of Lithuania for a three-month placement. Palmer, who works in the firm’s commercial department, will assist the bank’s legal department with banking, ship finance and other transactional work. Partner Malcolm Entwistle said Palmer’s secondment provides “a tremendous opportunity […]

Fixer makes way for family man

THE PRIME MINISTER announced the appointment of a new parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on the eve of the controversial Family Law Bill’s second reading. Jonathan Evans, MP for Brecon and Radnor, is stepping into his role at a stormy time for the department. Listing “family law” as one of his political interests, […]

Terrorism Act ruling 'must apply to UK”

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice’s ruling that member states cannot expel foreign nationals without an official hearing except in the case of emergency is “entirely reasonable” and the UK Government should support it, the Liberal Democrats say. The ruling, handed down in Luxembourg last Thursday, followed a challenge by Irish national John Gallagher who argued […]

Mudge Rose toughs out crisis period

TROUBLED New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon is reportedly in crisis following failed attempts to secure a merger partner. The 190-lawyer practice, which once courted Coudert Brothers, last week lost its executive committee chair John Kirby who resigned his position after partnership disputes. He remains a partner. White collar defence lawyer Kenneth […]

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