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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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Lawyers damn Hampel report with faint praise

Robert Lindsay discovers that Hampel raises more questions than he answers. Details of deals should be sent to the City editor, Robert Lindsay. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value, where possible. In November last year Sir Ronnie Hampel, the chairman of ICI and the Corporate Governance Committee, got involved […]

Deloittes in Paris merger

Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal, the Paris legal arm of the Big Six accountancy firm, is to merge with French law firm Thomas & Associes in a move that will create the fourth largest law firm in France. The new firm, which will begin operating on 1 September, will bring together 200 lawyers, including […]

South African giant breaks coastal links

Johannesburg firm Webber Wentzel Bowens – South Africa’s largest practice – has ended its association with Durban firm Shepstone & Wylie and Cape Town-based Findlay & Tait. Webbers has also said that it plans to open its own offices in Cape Town next March. The firm’s general manager Murray Thompson said that the split was […]

Contributing to community care cost

A fight has erupted over whether local authorities can force people to contribute to their home care costs, reports Roger Pearson Local authorities throughout the country are awaiting judgment in a case that could have widespread implications for the financing of community care services. The pending High Court decision by Mr Justice Popplewell follows the […]

Capital Corporation successfully fought off casino takeover

While British lawyers spent this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren’t discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues. It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior […]

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