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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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DWS raids Patton Boggs for new Qatar office

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has snared two senior Patton Boggs lawyers for a launch in Qatar, as UK firms continue their assault on the Middle East. Former Patton Boggs Qatar partner Leigh Hall and of counsel Safwan Moubaydeen will spearhead the firm’s seventh office in the Middle East, just three months after the firm announced […]

Lovells looks after Ramsay acquisition

Lovells has represented Australian private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care on the £193m acquisition of Swedish healthcare provider Capio’s UK operations. Private equity partner Tom Whelan led the team acting on the deal, assisted by partners Alan Greenough and Stephanie Keen and associates Claire McCluggage and Amanda Onions. Ramsay bought Capio’s UK operations from private […]

Lord Phillips has his independence say

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