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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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A Case for celebration

Good news came winging its way over from across the pond this week of an exciting new reason for New Yorkers to party in the streets. Tulkinghorn has always thought that the May Day holiday was utterly ill-conceived; do we really need to celebrate and honour the workers? After all, they do get paid. And […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

Messer Griesheim

Clifford Chance advised Goldman Sachs as coordinator and JP Morgan, HypoVereinsbank and the Royal Bank of Scotland as arrangers in the largest ever European leveraged buyout. The euro1.65bn (£1bn) facilities supported Goldman Sachs Private Equity’s and Allianz Capital Partners’ acquisition of industrial gases group Messer Griesheim, bought from Hoechst/Aventis.Messer Griesheim operates in more than 200 […]

Barclaycard/football association

Lovells is developing a nice specialism in sponsorship work. This latest deal follows advising Kingfisher on sponsoring yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur and Mars on its sponsorship of the World Cup. The group within the commercial department is headed by Andrew Skipper and Peter Watts, who led this deal. They were called on by Barclaycard, for which […]

Brief Encounter: Wright Hasssall

Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall says it has a relaxed attitude to work which is in direct contradiction to its name. Founded in 1846 in Leamington Spa, it is a working example of life without logos. Partner Jane Senior says: “At the time, Wright Hassall simply didn’t have those connotations.” And the fact that the name […]

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