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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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We must commit to young talent

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Rosneft’s Russian IPO highlights dangers

The controversy surrounding last Friday’s (7 July) pricing of Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft has given firms a reason to pause before acting on Russian AIM listings. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton was advising Rosneft on its London Stock Exchange listing, which is due on Wednesday (19 July). Linklaters had the more secure task of […]

Simmons lands Norton Rose Islamic specialist

Simmons & Simmons has poached an Islamic finance specialist from Norton Rose as it looks to capitalise on the growing demand for sharia-compliant products. Associate Muneer Khan will join Simmons as a partner in its Dubai office next month (August). He will work with Abu Dhabi managing partner Ibrahim Muybadeen. Jeremy Hoyland, head of international […]

Carter report heralds legal consolidation

Lord Carter of Coles has predicted massive consolidation for law firms and “the end of the £1m-a-year criminal defence barrister” in his report on legal aid procurement, unveiled this morning (13 July). Speaking at a press conference to announce the report, Carter said its recommendations would reform the legal aid market and save £100m a […]

That’s the way to do it

Congratulations to Shoosmiths, which won Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer awards. It posted another rise in profit per equity partner this year of 16 per cent, to £396,000 – the fifth consecutive year of profit increase. Turnover was up 23 per cent. Other national firms, take note.

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