Morning Briefing: International law firm joins cyber investigation team

International law firm joins cyber investigation team… Junior lawyers get 25 per cent pay rise… Slaughter & May announces trainee retention… Apple could face state class action…

Morning Briefing: International law firm joins cyber investigation team
International law firm joins cyber investigation team               
International law firm Stephenson Harwood has joined forces with Protection Group International and Red Lion Chambers to launch a cyber investigation service. The service combines specialist legal, regulatory and technical advice to enable companies to deal with cyber-attacks and the regulatory fall-out from the aftermath of the attack. The team will initially focus on cyber investigations where individuals with criminal intent have set out deliberately to harm a company’s infrastructure, steal sensitive data or hold companies to ransom, whether for the purpose of financial crime, industrial espionage, activism, terrorism or individual disaffection.
Junior lawyers get 25 per cent pay rise
Junior lawyers at Allen & Overy are to receive a salary increase of more than 25 per cent following a pay review in London. Newly qualified lawyers will receive 18 per cent and start on the equivalent of AU$166,151; there is a 27 per cent boost for those with 1 year experience to $194,693. There are also increase for those with 2 and 3 years’ experience. The salary structure changes are accompanied by a new bonus scheme to reward ‘exceptional’ work.
Slaughter & May announces trainee retention
Slaughter & May will retain 33 of its 37 current trainees for its September intake. Two of the 37 withdrew from the selection process before a decision had been reached.
Apple could face state class action
Apple could yet face a class action over its routine searching of employees. Workers in Apple stores around the US were told last year in the US Supreme Court that they do not have a right to be paid for their time during the security checks at the end of shifts. However, Bloomberg reports that the California laws are different and relate to time when an employee is ‘under control’ of an employee. A judge in San Francisco ruled last week that a class action can go ahead using Californian law. The case would affect 12,000 Apple employees in the US.

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