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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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New force in North West

Merseyside firm Mace & Jones has merged with Manchester and Cheshire-based Grundy Kershaw. The new 19-partner firm is known as Mace & Jones Grundy Kershaw and will form one of the largest legal practices in the North West. It will continue to practise from its existing offices in Water Street, Liverpool and Sherborne Square, Huyton, […]

Right to die action moots role of parents

Euthanasia litigation is set to return to the courts. It is established that courts will grant declarations for health authorities to end life support for victims in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Now leave has been given for judicial review to be sought over a decision not to treat or resuscitate a 23-year-old cerebral palsy […]

In brief: London firm to handle Warner theme park

London firm Olswang is acting for US film production and distribution company Warner Bros in the controversial £225 million joint investment with UK media group MAI to build a film and television studio, and theme park, in Green Belt land in West London. Senior partner Simon Olswang and corporate group partner Adrian Bott are handling […]

Merger of US firms paves way for 'largest' health law practice

TOP 30 US law firm Foley & Lardner and Californian practice Weissburg & Aronson have merged to create one of the largest firms in the US. Foley & Lardner, one of the oldest firms in the US, was ranked 27th by International Financial Law Review magazine in its 1995 listing of the top 30 firms […]

Chancery champions

Unlike the banking and finance practice where silks appear loath to go to the bench, chancery barristers seem more inclined to accept appointment as judges. One recent example is Robert Walker QC formerly at 5 Stone Buildings whose appointment reduces the pool of chancery specialists. Despite this, several excellent barristers remain. The sets most frequently […]

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