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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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Wragge & Co now offers its employees the chance to take a week of unpaid leave. Wendy Morrison explains Wragge & Co’s unpaid leave scheme, introduced by senior partner Quentin Poole in April 2003, has proved such a success that the original 12-month period has been extended to December 2004. Poole said that his firm […]

Orrick takes further advantage of CC closures

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has topped its mass hire of Clifford Chance West Coast partners by taking on the bulk of the firm’s associates and staff. Orrick has recruited 16 associates and another 18 staff to join the eight partners who left Clifford Chance’s soon-to-close San Francisco and Los Angeles offices a few weeks ago. […]

Skadden Arps appoints Russian office leaders

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has appointed joint heads for Moscow, drafting in a project finance and M&A specialist from its Chicago office. Dmitri Kovalenko’s move from the US to Moscow means that he, along with resident lawyer Alexey Kiyashko, will become European counsel as well as co-heads of the office. Partner Pranav Trivedi […]

Mourant du Feu makes leap into Cayman Islands

Jersey’s Mourant du Feu & Jeune has extended its reach to the Cayman Islands, making it the third Channel Islands firm to launch a Caribbean practice this year. Mourant du Feu is hoping to win corporate instructions through the move while at the same time the firm is waiting for the outcome of a license […]

US firms merger rate accelerates

The rate of merger and acquisition activity between US law firms has intensified over the current year, with more tie-ups expected in the coming months. According to research by Hildebrandt International, during the first six months of 2004, there were 30 completed mergers between US law firms, with nine alliances cemented in the second quarter […]

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