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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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Lovells has hired Linklaters & Alliance’s international chief Marc Bartel. A major figure in the Alliance merger discussions, Bartel has been brought on board to work on Lovells’ international expansion plans.

Competition lawyers slam EC over BA-KLM merger failure

The European Commission (EC) is under attack from lawyers over its handling of the proposed merger between British Airways (BA) and KLM. The now defunct talks between the carriers, which would have resulted in a £5bn merger, fell through on 21 September following two and a half months of negotiations, after both sides failed to […]

Lovells and Freshfields lead in property outsourcing bids

Leading City property lawyers are gearing up for the final bidding stages of groundbreaking outsourcing deals for the BBC and London Underground property portfolios. By the end of October, the BBC, advised by Linklaters & Alliance, is expected to draw up a shortlist of two or three from the five prospective consortia bidding to manage […]

Macfarlanes sets up team to win e-commerce work

Macfarlanes is responding to the new economy boom by establishing an e-commerce group within its commercial practice. It is the first time the firm has created a specific sector-based group. Stephen Dooley, who has joined from US firm Sidley & Austin, will head the department. Macfarlanes has a leading reputation in private equity work. Venture […]

DE DIETRICH

ABN Amro led the public to private takeover of De Dietrich & Cie, one of the oldest manufacturing companies in France and listed on the premier marché. This is the latest in a series of big financings and one of the rare public to private takeovers in France. Traditional French firms Gide and Jeantet took […]

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