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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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Lord Chief Justice approves extradition of hotel chiefs

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Bramwell quits O2 for BAE Systems

BAE Systems has hired O2’s general counsel Philip Bramwell to replace group legal director Michael Lester. Bramwell will join BAE Systems at the start of November and succeed Lester on 1 January 2007 as a member of the company’s executive committee. Lester’s retirement coincides with that of BAE Systems CEO Mark Ronald, who steps down […]

MoFo raids Mayer Brown for heavyweight US litigators

One of the most prominent trial lawyers in the US has led a four-partner defection from the New York office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw to West Coast rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). Dennis Orr, who has experience of more than 30 federal and state trials, moves across to MoFo with partners Thomas Mueller, […]

Old links resurface as Hill Taylor Dickinson, Hill Dickinson merge

North West firm Hill Dickinson and shipping specialist Hill Taylor Dickinson last week returned to their roots with the announcement that they are to merge on 1 November 2006, creating a £69m business. The two firms were both part of Hill Dickinson until 1989, when they split due to diverging strategies. Hill Dickinson was moving into […]

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