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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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B&M Hong Kong tax partner departs

Baker & McKenzie tax and commercial partner Daniel Chan left the firm’s Hong Kong office last Monday (31 January). A spokesperson for the firm said: “Baker & McKenzie can confirm that Daniel Lap Fung Chan, a partner of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong, left the firm with effect from 31 January 2005 in order to […]

BLG partner joins Primary Group

Insurance distribution company Primary Group has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner David Arthur as group corporate counsel. A partner in BLG’s professional liability and commercial litigation team, Arthur joins Primary after 24 years at the firm – 20 of those as a partner. His experience includes acting for large accountants and insurance firms […]

Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week. The court’s annual report revealed that last year just 58 trials were heard – down from 81 trials in 2002-03. Claims are also dropping, with 1,104 claim forms issued in 2003-04, representing a drop […]

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For those who curse the invasion of all-pervasive technology (or indeed those who, like Tulkinghorn, just curse their cranky iMacs 10 times a day) comes a warning tale of how Luddite tendencies can cause havoc. Tulkinghorn had commissioned an article for The Lawyer, expecting that as usual it would arrive in a handy Word document […]

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UK firms gear up as class action culture hits Europe

UK law firms are preparing for a potential deluge of work if the floodgates to class actions across Continental Europe are opened. Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and France have all tabled proposals that in the next few weeks are likely to lead to a new culture of class actions on the Continent. Russia and Ukraine […]

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