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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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20 Essex St hires veteran US arbitrator

A leading US arbitrator and former White & Case partner is joining 20 Essex Street Chambers as an international associate tenant. Judge Charles Brower, whose career has spanned more than 40 years, has worked mainly in the oil and gas sectors, on infrastructure projects and investment disputes. Around 95 per cent of his practice involves […]

A VIEW from SILICON VALLEY

It probably goes without saying that the demand for legal services in the Bay area, which includes Silicon Valley, has been extraordinarily high in recent times. Quite how the current gyrations of the market will affect this flow of work remains to be seen, but I sense that we will not see much of a […]

Hays buys recruitment agency ZMB

Business-to-business service provider Hays has acquired legal recruiter ZMB to combine with Hays Richard Owen, Hays’ legal recruitment arm. Hays ZMB plans to cross-sell its legal recruitment capability with its IT and accountancy divisions. Hays Personnel Services, under which Hays ZMB will be run, brings in 42 per cent of the earnings of Hays and […]

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VSZ sells steel making business to US Steel for $495m (£344m). Linklaters advised VSZ on corporate and banking restructuring (Jo Windsor, Tom Wells), while Squire Sanders & Dempsey gave Slovak advice. US Steel represented by Weil Gotshal in London and Prague. Banks advised by Allen & Overy in London.

Farrar's loses leading silk to Fountain Court

Magic circle set Fountain Court has taken commercial silk Stephen Rubin QC from John Leighton Williams QC’s chambers Farrar’s Building. Farrar’s Buildings has been trying to edge away from common law by encouraging its stars to develop a stronger commercial practice. This will undoubtedly leave a dent in the new strategy. Senior clerk at Farrar’s […]

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