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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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Latham bags double Russian listings in New York, London

Latham & Watkins has cemented its place at the pinnacle of Russia’s nascent equity capital markets after scoring the lead roles on the $1bn (£557.9m) London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPO of Sistema and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing of steel company Mechel. The Sistema appointment sparked a scrum between the leading UK firms in […]

Law Society president details vision for reform

The President of the Law Society will warn today that solicitors face “the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades”. Speaking at the Law Society annual conference, Edward Nally will say that: “The Law Society Council has mapped out a vision,” for reformation of the way the profession is governed and represented. The changes, […]

Italy slammed for protracted court system

ITALY has been criticised at the Council of Europe for failing to push through judicial reforms necessary to speed up its often tortuously slow court procedures. The Council, which is independent of the EU, considers Italy in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights because of the inefficiency of its civil proceedings. It says […]

Beauty is in the eye of the client

Lawyers need to measure up if they are to be successful at beauty parades, says Kate Fleming Beauty parades are among the most important methods used by clients to select legal advisers. Many firms have found to their cost that winning work through this competitive process can be expensive and time-consuming if inappropriately managed. Whether […]

The work-life quiz

Anthony Hughes, managing partner Ricksons What was your first ever job?Sales assistant at JD Sports. It’s a pity they don’t remember me – they’d be a good client. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Sitting through a meeting for what seemed like hours with the devil’s own hangover. Where’s the best place to go […]

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