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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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Haarmaan Hemmelrath opens in London

Two existing Haarmaan partners – Claus Kohler and Norbert Jakobs – will transfer from the firm’s German offices to join four British partners to form the start-up team. Haarmaan is currently refusing to name the four UK lawyers due to “existing contractual obligations” but says all are drawn from “leading UK firms or Chambers”. The […]

Red faces as CC cries Wolfgang

Bringing together two law firms in different countries is not an easy job – so a few hiccups are to be expected, especially, it seems, when it comes to learning foreign names. For example, a Wolfgang in a London office would stand out like a sore thumb. So Clifford Chance could be forgiven for mixing […]

Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

The Scottish legal aid system breaches European law and the human rights convention on , a court has ruled. In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice. The […]

TSG claims fees used to save OSS

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) is accusing the Law Society of reneging on a promise not to profit from students and instead using their surpluses to help bail out the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). The TSG claims the Society receives nearly £1.5m a year from students on the Legal Practice Course. Each […]

Is there a lawyer in the house?

Investment bank JP Morgan’s in-house legal team has suffered three high-profile departures in five months. Barbara Jones is quitting her post as regional counsel for capital markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Allen Hanen, once the US investment bank’s head of legal for the same region, has also gone. And Jim Wickenden has left […]

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