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Dec
03
2018

Digital Twin: A Road to the Future?
#Information Technology

Advances in the availability and reliability of Internet of Things (IoT) components mean that digital twins are fast becoming a commercially viable solution....

Dec
03
2018

CITB: Construction’s Digital Future “Depends on the People Who Work in the Industry”
#Construction #Information Technology

In October 2018, the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) produced a new research report detailing a skills plan for the construction industry (“Unlocking Construction’s Digital Future: A skills plan for industry”). The report investigates the role technology could play in the construction sector....

Dec
03
2018

What it takes to trade globally
#Inward Investment #Employment #Information Technology

Whatever the shape of Brexit, or no Brexit, the opportunity to do more business around the wider world has figured large in the national debate, and is still a core issue of concern in the proposed Brexit deal....

Dec
03
2018

Christmas Parties – Festive Fun or a New Year Hangover?
#Employment

It’s less than four weeks until Christmas and the Christmas party season is about to begin. The office party is often a mixed blessing – an opportunity to boost morale and perhaps celebrate a successful year yet also a melting pot of workers letting their hair down, with potential for accidents, injuries, threats and claims....

Dec
03
2018

Michael Sippitt speaks at Commonwealth HQ in London about future trends in Commonwealth trade
#Information Technology #Environment

The Commonwealth organised a very stimulating event about future trends in Commonwealth trade at Commonwealth HQ in London on 30 November, addressed by expert panels with diverse professional and international experience....

Nov
30
2018

Long-term disability dismissal frustrates entitlement to benefits
#Employment

In Awan v ICTS Ltd the EAT found an implied term that where an employee is contractually entitled to long-term disability benefits, they will not be dismissed for continuing incapacity. The Claimant had a contractual entitlement to a long-term disability benefit plan for the duration of his employment....

Nov
30
2018

Disability discrimination – Claimant’s ‘tendency to steal’ did not attract protection despite his underlying medical conditions
#Employment

Under the Equality Act (Disability) Regulations 2010 (the “Regulations”), a number of conditions are said not to be impairments. This means that they are not disabilities and do not therefore receive protection under the Equality Act (the “Act”). ...

Nov
27
2018

Microplastic Pollution - let’s get tackling with technology
#Information Technology #Environment

Over recent months the issue of plastic pollution, particularly in our oceans, has come to the fore and is recognised as one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Who can forget those appalling images of the sea of plastic covering large swathes of our oceans, or seeing marine life tangled, and strangled by plastic....

Nov
27
2018

Public procurement and development agreements
#Public Procurement

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in the case of R (Faraday) v West Berkshire Council [2018] EWCA Civ 2532, which has important consequences for local authorities and developers entering into development agreements. ...

Nov
23
2018

Gender equality for the many, not the few?
#Employment

Earlier this month, the Government published its latest report showing the representation of women on the boards of FTSE 350 companies. The report shows a rise above 30% representation on FTSE 100 boards and a rise to 26.7% of representation across FTSE 350 boards....

Nov
23
2018

Addison Lee’s appeal against worker status rejected
#Employment

Last year a Tribunal found that private hire drivers engaged by Addison Lee were workers and not independent contractors (see our blog on this previously). Addison Lee’s appeal against this judgment has now been dismissed....

Nov
22
2018

Can AI be ethical?
#Employment #Information Technology

Most people at work will be more affected by Artificial Intelligence in the future than they realise. ...

Nov
20
2018

Microchips or Micromanagement?
#Information Technology #Employment

According to various media reports[1] a Swedish microchip company called BioHax is in talks with several high-profile legal and financial UK companies to implant employees with microchips....

Nov
16
2018

Resignations - Clarifying the Termination Date is Key
#Employment

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that an ambiguous letter of acceptance of resignation from an employer did not vary the original termination date by agreement. JLT Speciality v Craven concerned a bonus advance of £500,000 which was agreed to be repayable if the Claimant resigned “on or before 31 December 2016”. ...

Nov
16
2018

Judge crowdfunding her fight to be classed as a worker
#Employment

A district judge, is trying to raise £10,000 to fight a Court of Appeal decision that judges cannot be classed as workers by requesting donations towards her cause. At the point of writing just over 25% of the target funds have been raised. ...

Nov
15
2018

'Diversity: it's fundamental to business success' - Monica Atwal writes for CBI Business Voice
#Employment #Press

Embracing diversity enhances business resilience – and the UK can lead the way, says Clarkslegal’s Monica Atwal...

Nov
14
2018

The Digital Services Tax – a help or a hindrance?
#Information Technology

Chancellor Hammond’s new Digital Services Tax may not be the robust tax-attack on Tech Giants some were hoping for but many believe it’s a tangible step in the right direction. ...

Nov
14
2018

Tech, IPOs and Unicorns: Too much money is a good thing, isn’t it?
#Information Technology #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The tech sector is booming. We live in a time of the mega private business in which the likes of Uber and Airbnb are extending their lives as privately held businesses by delaying public offerings. The venture capital asset class is more buoyant than ever and now includes atypical investors such as hedge and sovereign wealth funds who seek a piece of the action. Governments globally are also trying to attract innovation and tech talent using all manner of inducements, from tax breaks to immigration. So, are we living in the golden age of tech or is the frothy venture capital market a sign of a bubble reminiscent of that which led to the dot com bust of 1999/2000, and why does this matter to entrepreneurs? ...

Nov
13
2018

'How tech and data can spot and stop the quitters' - Michael Sippitt comments for Raconteur
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Technology used ethically can help retain valued staff by spotting potential problems which could cause them to quit...

Nov
13
2018

Clarkslegal bolsters its Thames Valley presence with Corporate and Real Estate Partner appointments
#Clarkslegal #Commercial #Corporate #Real Estate

Clarkslegal is pleased to announce two new partner appointments to its Thames Valley office. Stuart Mullins joins the Corporate team and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for SMEs and corporates on mergers, acquisitions, banking, corporate law and commercial matters. Mark Izquierdo is appointed to head the Real Estate team in Reading and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the property market. Mark specialises in investment and development work (residential and commercial) and is highly regarded for the transactional work he undertakes. Managing Partner, Monica Atwal, welcomes Stuart and Mark commenting: “We are delighted with the new appointments to key growth areas for our practice. The appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to the Thames Valley and underline our position at the forefront of commercial legal services in the region”...

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