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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 […]

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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Obtaining tax relief as a result of a costly mistake is difficult in England. Change may be on the cards, says Richard Wilson  In recent years, the UK tax code has become longer and more complicated, creating many more ­opportunities for individuals to make mistakes when structuring their affairs. While the courts have held […]

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General counsel Dominic Bacon thrives on the challenge of building up legal teams from scratch. Andrew Pugh discovers that Bacon’s positive, hands-on approach is highly valued at WorldSpreads Few lawyers are as ­seasoned as Dominic Bacon when it comes to setting up in-house legal teams. When he joined spread-betting company WorldSpreads earlier this year, it […]

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Halliwells’ staff: where are they now?

When Halliwells filed notice of its intention to appoint an administrator at the end of last month (TheLawyer .com, 25 June), Mike Ward, senior partner at HBJ Gateley Wareing, got straight on the phone to Shay Bannon and Dermot Power at BDO. The notice of intention to appoint an administrator was filed on the same […]

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