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EU: Your web doctor will see you now – software as a medical device

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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Ernst & Young’s German firm Luther Menold lost two partners last week. Real estate partner Martin Meissner defected to the Frankfurt office of US firm Latham & Watkins, while corporate partner Frank Zahn will move to Görg’s Berlin office. The departures come at a difficult time for the firm. Germany’s Ministry of Justice canvassed views […]

Axa warns panel firms as it starts cost-cutting review

Sixteen law firms on tenterhooks as insurance giant set to chop panel places; no chance to retender Law firms on the Axa panel are waiting to see if they will be chopped from the list as the insurer embarks on a cost-cutting review of its legal services. Axa has written to the 16 firms on […]

US law firms inject huge sums into presidential campaigns

Law firms dominate the corporate donor list; Skadden Arps gives $57,000 to the Democrats US law firms have emerged as the largest contributors behind Democratic presidential contenders, as the race to knock George W Bush out of the White House hots up. While Goldman Sachs was the largest contributor overall, giving $78,750 (£49,000), law firms […]

New ASB Law chief vows to expand in South East

South East firm ASB Law has appointed corporate lawyer Russell Bell as its new senior partner, after Ray Harris completed his term at the end of April. Symbolically, Bell is a corporate lawyer, whereas Harris is a private client specialist. Bell, who has been at the firm for thirty years and who also had a […]

Orrick in West Coast merger bid for Venture Law Group

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is in talks with West Coast technology firm Venture Law Group (VLG) about a possible takeover. It is understood that the talks, which could mean a full takeover or laterally hiring a substantial number of lawyers, are at an early stage. They have had a referral relationship since 1999, within which […]

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