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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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Simmons set for management rejig

Simmons & Simmons’ new managing partner Mark Dawkins is set to shake up the firm’s management as soon as he enters office. Dawkins aims to internationalise the firm’s executive committee, which at the moment comprises the firm’s eight practice heads, all of whom are based in London. “I want an international executive that is representative […]

Cobbetts boosts German team

Cobbetts has added to its commercial group with the hire of a partner from German firm Busse & Miessen. Jan Becher will bolster Cobbetts’ German team, which operates across the firm’s three offices in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. He becomes Cobbetts’ eleventh commercial partner and will be based in Birmingham. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 18 […]

Tower Snow sued for $2.7m by Brobeck trustee

Iconic former Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison chairman Tower Snow has been sued for $2.7m by the trustee of the bankrupt Brobeck estate. As reported in San Francisco’s Recorder, Snow is among 224 former Brobeck partners to be hit with demands to repay distributions and bonuses received after Brobeck allegedly became bankrupt in 2001. The suit, […]

Linklaters launch Dutch corporate practice with A&O hire

Linklaters has launched a Dutch specialist corporate department with the hiring of Allen & Overy partner Pieter Riemer.Riemer, who will join Linklaters’ Amsterdam office, has been a partner at A&O’s celebrated corporate department for four years.Richard Levy, Linklaters’ Amsterdam partner, said: “We have worked a lot on Dutch-related corporate deals, such as Air France’s merger […]

Ultraframe v Burnden in six-week extension

A dispute over conservatory parts’ patent rights in Ultraframe v The Burnden Group has reached epic proportions, with a further six weeks being added to the trial length. Patent cases usually last a few days and involve four barristers, but with the added weeks the High Court case is now expected to last at least […]

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