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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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It was suggested recently in this column (5 April) that national law firms are dogs that have had their day. The truth is that large national law firms have, in the past 10 years, increased their profile, profitability, size, quality client base and reputation in a way that challenges all but the very largest City […]

Working the Media Machine

A journalist telephoning the marketing departments of certain larger law firms could be forgiven for thinking they had accidentally got through to the Kremlin in the 1970s. In some quarters, calls from the media are met with a mixture of fear and suspicion, followed by a fair dose of interrogation. While some lawyers have become […]

Property

The property team at Edge Ellison in London advised Henderson Investors and Commercial Union on the recent £95m sale of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, to Thornfield Properties and Lehman Brothers, a US investment bank. Partner Jonathan Morshead led the team, which has also recently advised Commercial Union on the sale of a mixed portfolio, […]

Commercial bar in crisis as work dries up

The commercial bar is facing a crisis as many silks find themselves virtually redundant. One chambers director says that he has spoken to half a dozen leaders in recent weeks who all have little or nothing to do. He cites the example of one well-known silk who last year earned £600,000 but was recently forced […]

McGrigor Donald now Scotland's biggest firm

Recent partner appointments will make McGrigor Donald the largest law firm in Scotland. Eleven recent appointments bring the partner count to 58, ahead of arch-rivals Dundas & Wilson CS and Maclay Murray & Spens. McGrigors has poached partner Wayne Lawrence from medium-sized Scottish law firm Biggart Baillie. Lawrence will be joining Shonaig Macpherson’s information technology […]

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