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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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The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) legal provision is to be overhauled following the appointment of Clifford Chance partner David Mayhew as leading advocate. Long-serving litigation partner Mayhew, who is also a solicitor advocate, will join the FSA in May. He is one of three senior counsel who will head the FSA’s internal legal provision. He […]

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Taylor Woodrow attempts £537m takeover of Bryant Group, currently in merger talks with Beazer. Taylor Woodrow advised by Norton Rose (Barbara Stephenson). Financial adviser ABN Amro Corporate Finance. HSBC acted as lender. Bryant advised by Linklaters & Alliance.

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Discovery Properties embarks on joint venture with Bowmer & Kirkland and signs up tenants for new development in £20m deals. Discovery Properties advised by Lawrence Graham (Jon Lloyd and Leona Ahmed). London Borough of Redbridge advised by Dechert (Michael Hallowell).

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