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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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College of Law shines a light on state schools

College of Law chief Nigel Savage has thrown down the gauntlet. The college is demonstrating its commitment to diversity in the legal profession by handing over £1.25m to a scheme to attract non-private-school-educated students into the law and is asking the profession to do the same. As we report today, the college has teamed up […]

3 Serjeants’ Inn wins Australian silk

Commercial and common law set 3 Serjeants’ Inn has boosted its clinical negligence offering with the hire of new door tenant Laurence Levy SC. Levy, an Australian silk, has recently been called to the English and Welsh bar and will carry out his practice in the UK from Serjeants’ Inn. Stuart Brown QC, an existing […]

Kite Consultancy hires for new groups

Legal consultancy the Kite Consultancy has hired four new consultants to facilitate the launch of two new departments. John Angel and Matthew di Rienzo join the new information and knowledge management group. Angel, who is the chairman of the Information Tribunal, was former head of online legal services at Clifford Chance. Rienzo, a qualified barrister, […]

Firms enter three-way Russian IPO battle

Ashurst, Linklaters and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are battling it out to advise newly merged Russian aluminium giants Rusal and Sual on the merged entity’s proposed London listing. The battle follows the three firms’ plum roles on the $30bn (£16.15bn) tripartite merger of Rusal, domestic rival Sual and Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s alumina business, announced […]

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