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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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Dorsey & Whitney has appointed Nadeem Khan (right) to set up a property department in its London office. Khan joins from Bird & Bird, where he was involved in development, outsourcing, PFI and high-profile sale and purchase transactions. Dorsey & Whitney is one of the few US firms to have set up a property department […]

Siemens

This £1bn rolling stock contract is Siemens’ biggest ever for the UK. Timing on the deal was particularly tight due to the imminent withdrawal of slam-door carriages. Only three weeks passed between the Strategic Rail Authority’s (SRA) selection of incumbent Stagecoach Holdings as preferred bidder for the new South West trains franchise, and the announcement […]

The Sweetest Feeling

Global trade issues, particularly involving food, are never really straightforward. Kelly Harrison talks to someone who is- head of legal at Tate & Lyle Robert Gibber takes a direct approach to a complex remit Tate & Lyle refines sugar for retail and industrial use in five continents. Its largest operations are in the UK and […]

Addleshaws lures top-flight tax consultant from Pinsents

Addleshaw Booth & Co has appointed a high-profile tax consultant in its Leeds office as a precursor to setting up a private client practice in London. Caroline Hedges joins from Pinsent Curtis Biddle, where she was a tax partner advising trusts, wealthy families and lottery winners on capital and income tax issues. Addleshaws senior partner […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp launched its Munich office last Tuesday (1 May) and hired litigation partner Karl Wach from Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. Richard Engl will lead Munich’s tax practice and brings with him three assistants from his tax consultancy firm RLE GmbH, which is folding. The office will focus on corporate tax and complex litigation, […]

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