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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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Less than a fortnight after setting up, Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm has gone on a poaching spree and brought in two new partners. McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and based in the accountants’ Washington offices, has persuaded King & Spalding […]

Rakisons joins Denton Hall for telecoms sale

Denton Hall is acting for Energis on its £352m acquisition of Netherlands-based EnerTel in a move to create one of the largest telecoms groups in Europe. Niche City firm Rakisons is also working on the sale, advising its long-term US client WorldPort Communications on the deal. The US group is the holding company for Dutch […]

Solicitors may be sued again

Leave has been given for an appeal and cross appeal in respect of decisions in a case in which company director William Johnson sued solicitors Gore Wood & Co. Johnson’s company had already sued Gore Wood accusing the firm of negligence. That claim had been settled. Johnson sought to mount a further claim personally, alleging […]

Berrymans Lace Mawer suffers blow as equity partner leaves

BERRYMANS Lace Mawer has lost its head of construction, equity partner Diana Holtham. Holtham resigned last month after 20 years at Berrymans, which ranks in the top 20 London construction firms. She formally leaves on 1 April. She is quitting the firm for personal reasons. Berrymans’ national senior partner Paul Taylor will take over Holtham’s […]

Pinsent Curtis taken on as sole employment adviser to M&S

Pinsent Curtis is understood to have won an exclusive place on troubled retail giant Marks & Spencer’s panel to provide employment advice. The panel place is a coup for Pinsents, which has been developing its employment group under the leadership of national practice head John McMullen. Other clients of the firm include Argos and the […]

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