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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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Apparently Aussie lawyers are not quite as laid back as Tulkinghorn had thought – quite literally. A Sydney escort agency with the name ‘Miss Fleiss’ has, over the past three or four years, approached almost every law firm in the city for representation, and sadly been turned down. “Firms fear our clients may be their […]

Eversheds to facilitate client’s casino purchase

Competition issues have forced longstanding Eversheds client Stanley Leisure into an alliance with private equity house H-G Capital as it considers a £250m bid for casino operator London Clubs International (LCI), represented by Lovells. Stanley issued a statement last week saying that it was considering a friendly takeover of LCI. If the deal goes through, […]

Morgan Cole boosts numbers with double hire

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