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Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]

Supreme Court upholds ‘no oral variation’ clause

By Emma Davies The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24 upheld the validity of a clause that limited the parties’ freedom to vary their contract orally. In reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to find the ‘no oral variation’ or ‘no oral modification (NOM)’ clause binding, […]

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit. The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs’ clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission. Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the […]

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Macfarlanes advised Ironbridge Estates and Morrison Developments in their joint purchase of the Bligh’s Meadow site in Sevenoaks town centre from Sevenoaks District Council. The scheme will create 50,000 sq ft of new retail space. Richard Reuben, commercial property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team which included construction lawyer Patrick Holmes and property assistant Daniel […]

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