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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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Mapping out a career in the law can be both confusing and expensive. Alison Laferla investigates the routes available and how much they are likely to set you back. Most people tend to think of lawyers as one of two things – rich, successful Ally McBeal types or pompous old duffers in wigs and gowns. […]

Setting too much store by the FSA?

As the London Stock Exchange prepares to see the lion’s share of its regulatory powers shifted to the Financial Services Authority, the forum asks how it will affect the legal profession. City lawyers are sceptical about the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to transfer the bulk of the Stock Exchange’s regulatory powers to the Financial […]

News in brief

Ill-mannered barristers will have to fork out up to £2000 in fines to their offended clients if new proposals are given the go ahead. The Bar Council plan, to be discussed at a meeting later this month, aims to hit back at poor client service provided by badly behaved barristers outside the court room. The […]

Boston firm teams up with asset manager

A US law firm has merged its money-management practice with an investment firm to form what it believes is the first partnership of its kind. Bingham Dana – a Boston-based 400-lawyer firm with offices in London, New York, Washington, Hartford, Los Angeles and Singapore – has joined forces with Legg Mason to form Bingham Legg […]

A&O, Linklaters cut back in CIS

Allen & Overy and Linklaters are making redundancies in their Moscow offices, The Lawyer can reveal. Allen & Overy has made three local lawyers and three support staff redundant in a move which should save the firm an estimated £150,000. Linklaters has also laid off three Moscow-based Russian lawyers. A Linklaters spokeswoman confirms: “We have […]

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