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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” 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’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

Expert insights: Modernising the legal pitch process

The fight to win legal clients has never been more fierce than it is today. The drastic increase in the number of law firms, disruptive new business and pricing models, and changing expectations of clients is putting the pressure on like never before. We asked 10 legal marketing and business development experts to share their […]

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Law firms think they know what trainees want, but few are pushing the right buttons when it comes to graduate recruitment. Vivienne Wilson finds out what law students really really want from their prospective employers. Vivienne Wilson is senior reporter at Lex magazine. Legal graduate recruitment is becoming more competitive. Brochures are getting glossier, advertising […]

Case of the week

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (pictured) was cleared of a driving offence at Bury Magistrates Court after offering the lamest excuse ever – he needed the toilet. Sir Alex told the court: “I had to go somewhere quickly.” Sir Alex, represented by Manchester-based sole practitioner Nicholas Freeman, justified driving his BMW up the hard shoulder […]

Gaymer calls on firms to deal with discrimination in-house

leading employment lawyer Janet Gaymer has called on law firms to use arbitration to settle in-house sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Gaymer, head of employment at Simmons & Simmons, says law firms should deal with disputes as soon as possible instead of letting situations get out of hand. Her comments implicitly criticise the way Cameron […]

Taking control of the world's biggest firm

Christine Lagarde is taking over one of the biggest jobs in the profession at an interesting time. She is taking control of Baker & McKenzie at a time when its position as global number one is set to face its biggest ever challenge from the merged superfirms. Having a network of offices is one thing […]

Satanic killing case heads for Law Lords

Roger Pearson reports on defendants’ rights to a claim of diminished responsibility once they have been ruled unfit to plead. The right of defendants in criminal proceedings to mount a defence of diminished responsibility after it has already been held that they are unfit to plead is to be probed by the House of Lords. […]

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