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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 downturn is over, claim buoyant firms

The Lawyer’s latest business confidence survey reveals high hopes for 2002 The attitudes of UK managing partners have come full circle. After six months of uncertainty, optimism is beginning to return to the legal market.According to The Lawyer’s Law Firm Business Confidence Survey, firms are now predicting an average of 6 per cent growth in […]

KPMG dumps Dutch legal arm as £12m handout goes down the drain

KPMG is reducing its legal capability in the Netherlands after pulling the plug on loans of millions of euros to its Dutch legal practice Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co The Lawyer understands that KPMG lent the firm more than e20m (£12.25m) under a 1999 agreement, entered into when the legal practice was launched. The money […]

Mediate action

Mediation is not always the best solution. Michel Kallipetis QC and Colin Manning describe how the Court of Appeal’s process needs to change if it is to become standard practice On 20 March 2002, the Lord Chancellor’s Department published a further report in its Research Series entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Cases and in […]

The Leader Column

Cast your mind back to 2000 and consider the merger talks between Ashurst Morris Crisp and Latham & Watkins. Comic, isn’t it? Goodness knows who thought the merger would have made sense, especially since both firms are protective to the point of obsession about their culture. Here’s Ashursts – hugely traditional, overwhelmingly male and utterly […]

Carphone Warehouse moves to Osborne Clarke with Bott

Olswang former head of corporate Adrian Bott is moving to Osborne Clarke, taking Europe’s largest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, with him as a client Bott was Carphone Warehouse’s main adviser at Olswang. He has had personal assurance from Carphone Warehouse director Charles Dunstone that the client will follow him when he joins Osborne Clarke’s […]

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