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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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Watson Burton acts pro bono for Traidcraft

Watson Burton is fighting a pro bono IP battle on behalf of one of the UK’s largest fair trade organisations. The row concerns a trademark application covering the word ‘kikoy’, an English corruption of the Kiswahili word ‘kikoi’, which refers to the distinctive wrap skirts worn on the East African coast. The Newcastle-based firm is […]

City firms unite to fight money laundering bill

City firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May are working with the Law Society to launch a last-ditch attempt to alter the Government’s money laundering directive. At a round table event at the Law Society president’s official residence on Carey Street early last week, the society agreed to instruct counsel if eleventh-hour […]

Optical delusion

Last week Tulkinghorn pondered on the diversity policy of Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson and the firm’s non-discriminatory policy towards “mental status”, as revealed in its submission for The Lawyer Career Report 2007 (‘You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here…’, 5 March). The firm’s HR team has since been in touch. “The word was ‘marital’,” […]

Indian market moves closer to liberalisation

The influential All India Bar Association (AIBA) is set to recommend that the Indian government opens up its legal services market to foreign lawyers as India’s largest firm Fox Mandal Little revealed plans to launch in London. The firm’s announcement coincides with the end of a week-long visit by the AIBA to the UK, a […]

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