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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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We should all tip our hats to those corporate regulators over at the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. Why? It’s thanks to their rule change in September 2011 that we’re now granted a sneaky peak at the fees being charged by law firms for UK public M&A work. Our regular analysis of the stats always […]

Walker Morris’s corporate department scoops accolades in two reports

The corporate department of Walker Morris has scooped accolades in two separate research reports. Walker Morris corporate partner Debbie Jackson has been listed as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 lawyers in its annual research report. The Hot 100 recognises lawyers across the country for their innovative and inspirational work and is the culmination of […]

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Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month. Penhallurick joins Lafarge Tarmac from renewable energy company Covanta Energy. Most recently she held the post of managing director, after spending time as the company’s director of legal […]

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