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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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Course aims to train UK lawyers to crack China

LAW firms sending staff to China are being offered courses on undertaking business in the country by the University of Glamorgan Law School, which has just signed a partnership deal with China’s top law school. Under the agreement signed on 7 June, Glamorgan will become the first European partner of the100-year-old University of Peking. The […]

Tough stance on Net abuse

Alison Laferla reports City firm Rowe & Maw has praised UK judges for acting quickly to halt the illegal use of the Internet after it successfully obtained an injunction to prevent breach of copyright. The firm, acting for a Toronto software house, obtained a High Court injunction prohibiting the unlawful distribution of software through an […]

Lovells backs friendly society in ground-breaking Frizell takeover

Lovell White Durrant advised the UK’s largest friendly society, Liverpool Victoria, on its recent acquisition from Marsh & McLennan of financial services company Frizell Group for about £190 million. Frizell is the UK’s largest provider of financial services products to members of public sector bodies. Freshfields advised on the sale of Frizell on behalf of […]

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With many highly regarded juniors having taken silk in recent years, opinion among leading solicitors is divided over whether or not there is a shortage of outstanding juniors. However, the consensus is that, given time, the next wave of juniors will soon make its mark. Adrian Whitfield QC’s set at 3 Serjeants’ Inn has a […]

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