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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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Client survey finds support for Woolf

COMMERCIAL court users have backed the bulk of Lord Woolf’s proposals for civil justice reform but argued against plans to force parties to disclose their instructions to experts. A survey of 35 Simmons & Simmons’ clients and contacts, including banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and corporations, showed there was support in principle for most proposals. […]

Theodore Goddard oversees TSB deal

Theodore Goddard has played a key role in the Lloyds Bank £5 billion takeover of TSB, a deal set to create a £15 billion financial services giant. Theodore Goddard, TSB’s lawyers since the bank’s 1986 flotation, worked with teams from Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines to complete the deal. Freshfields, lawyers to the Bank of […]

A safe haven in the sun

Until recently, the effectiveness of the Cayman Islands as a safe haven for the investors’ nest egg was under question. Could the islands afford any protection against the creditors of a settlor who set up a Caymans trust to protect assets? This question was brought about by an old English statute, the Fraudulent Conveyances Act […]

Accountant takes over the controls at Richards Butler

RICHARDS Butler has abolished the post of managing partner and appointed an accountant to oversee the running of the firm. The move promotes finance director Chris Schulten to the newly-created job of chief executive, while former head Ken Ollerton, who had worked as managing partner for the past four years, returns to his practice as […]

Court IT.In the running for the legal system

This week five foreign multi-nationals – two US, two French and one German – making four separate bids will receive final tender documents from the LCD. These are: EDS, Unisys, Sema Group jointly with Bull Information Systems and Siemens Business Systems (see adjacent panel). According to one source: “The intention is for the supplier to […]

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