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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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Weil Gotshal & Manges has settled a long-running legal malpractice suit involving Italian fashion house Fendi just days before the matter was due to go to before a jury. The New York-based firm had been on trial in the Manhattan Supreme Court since 5 May over claims that it was conflicted during its representation of […]

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Bird & Bird soars high on back of European growth” />Bird & Bird has had a record year, boosting both turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP) by 20 per cent. The firm is close to breaching the £100m mark for the first time, with turnover reaching £96.5m, up from £80m the previous year. Profitability […]

Firms reveal German partner promotions

It Is that time of year again when hardworking and ambitious senior associates wait to see if they have impressed their bosses and can join the partnership. As has been well documented by The Lawyer, it can be hard enough making it into the partnership, but for the associates of the UK-headquartered firms there is […]

SABMiller appoints Lovells veteran as new GC

Lovells has been rocked by the departure of veteran corporate partner John Davidson to key client SABMiller. Davidson, Lovells’ relationship partner for SABMiller, joins the brewery group as company secretary and general counsel. He replaces current company secretary Andrew Tonkinson upon his planned retirement in August. Davidson’s departure from Lovells was announced internally today (26 […]

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