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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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The huge public interest in the outcome of Watson v British Boxing Board of Control is not surprising. After all, more than 12 million people in the UK alone watched the events which led to the case unfold on live television. Shortly after the referee stopped the fight between Chris Eubank and Michael Watson in […]

Clifford Chance fails to win judge bias claim

Clifford Chance has failed in its bid to have an arbitrator removed from a high-profile telecoms case for alleged bias. Canadian lawyer Yves Fortier had ruled against telecoms giant and Clifford Chance client AT&T in a contractual dispute with the Saudi Cable Company (SCC). SCC, represented by Freshfields, was awarded damages and costs earlier this […]

Slater Heelis set to merge with Colliers

Manchester-based firm Slater Heelis Sale is merging with Collier Littler – just a year after the firm was decimated following a three-way split by the original partners. Slater Heelis Sale was originally part of Slater Heelis, which broke up in 1998 when its senior partner Egan Brooks and six other partners joined Addleshaw Booth & […]

Debevoise consolidates London and Paris bases

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton is integrating its European operations by bringing its London and Paris offices under the sole leadership of new managing partner Jim Kiernan. Kiernan, who has headed the Paris practice for 12 years, will be based in London when he takes over as head of the joint offices in December. He […]

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