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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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Hodgart Consulting merges with US firm Hildebrandt

A UK and a US legal consulting firm are merging to form what will be the largest consultancy of its kind in the world. UK firm Hodgart Consulting is merging with Hildebrandt of the US on 1 May to form Hildebrandt International in the first transatlantic union of legal consultants. Francis Quinlan, a senior consultant […]

Linklaters reshuffles as Finch becomes Sheriff of the City

Linklaters’ head of property Robert Finch is stepping down after being elected Sheriff of the City of London. His replacement will be partner Simon Clark. Clark takes over as head on 21 August. Finch, who takes on his sheriff duties at the end of September, will remain with Linklaters as a property partner. Peter Farren, […]

Clerks take business lessons

Commercial chambers One Essex Court has become the first set to introduce professional training in business development for its clerks. The set has employed Haines Consulting, an organisation that specialises in teaching business strategy. Haines Consulting has already undertaken similar exercises with 33 of the top 100 firms of solicitors. “I thought they [solicitors] were […]

It's been a bad week for…

Business. A new law due to take force in April requiring employers to pay national insurance on employee share option sales is coming in for criticism from millionaire entrepreneurs, who argue it will curb new internet and technology companies. Robin Saxby, head of u1.4bn microchip design company ARM Holdings, is lobbying the Government on the […]

Bizarre week

Divorcing couples in the UK could soon be haggling over kidneys, liver and intestines donated between spouses, according to medical experts who say it is only a matter of time before couples put a price on the organs they have lovingly donated to their sickly spouse. Sir Roy Calne – the surgeon who performed the […]

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