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Ireland has not been found wanting in its drive to attract foreign companies to invest in the country as a base for European activities. Emer Hunt reports on the island's tax incentives

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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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Keoghs has discovered the less traditional route to success Is the partnership structure the best way to manage a firm? We all have knowledge of that “other practice” which has suffered as the result of overly competitive strategies and rivalries between partners. Liability may be vital, but do firms need to adopt the traditional structure […]

Leader

After interminable deb-ates the EU has finally managed to draw up a directive on lawyers’ responsibilities with respect to money laundering. Interminable because the various lobbying groups on behalf of lawyers were up in arms about the possibility of any threat to the sacredness of client confidentiality.The timing is immaculate. As the simple act of […]

Finers gets in on Virgin property instruction

Finers Stephens Innocent has advised Virgin Entertain-ment on the property aspects of its disposal of 77 Our Price shops to a UK subsidiary of Australian company Brazin.Around a further 20 Our Price shops are being sold elsewhere or rebranded as Virgin’s V shops. Of the 207 shops, all bar 97 have been rebranded. The sale […]

The deal clincher

Although unthreatened by US and UK firms, the Irish M&A market is showing a downturn, and at such a quiet time, Helen Power finds out that one big deal can make the difference

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