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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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Knowing one’s own tricks best

Like the first cuckoo of spring, Tulkinghorn is sad to report the first mention of Christmas. And to mix metaphors further, just as members of the constabulary are getting younger, the Yuletide references are arriving earlier every year. South Coast-based Warner Goodman & Streat has the dubious honour of winning the award this year for […]

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CC battles to keep hold of key clients after Benedict departs

Clifford Chance New York has fought a rearguard action to keep key clients Alliance Capital and Merrill Lynch in the wake of last week’s defection of litigation rainmaker Jim Benedict. It is understood the firm has won assurances from Merrill Lynch and Alliance that it will retain all current litigation mandates.Both Benedict and junior Clifford […]

CC bags Allianz instruction as Freshfields is conflicted

Clifford Chance’s London office has had its first instruction from German private equity firm Allianz Capital Partners thanks to a conflict at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Allianz-backed nursing home business Four Seasons narrowly missed out to trade buyer Barchester on last week’s shotgun £525m auction of Westminster Healthcare. Allianz used Freshfields’ London office on the corporate aspects of its […]

New Blackstone heads to target competition work

Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set. During their seven-year tenure, Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC grew turnover by 77 per cent, trading on the set’s existing public law expertise […]

Cobbetts entices IP partner from Martineaus

Cobbetts’ Birmingham office has taken a partner from new neighbour Martineau Johnson. Mauro Paiano will join Cobbetts in November as head of contentious IP, moving just a few floors from Martineaus. The two firms recently took up separate leases at 1 Colmore Square in Birmingham. Paiano, who is taking an associate with him, specialises in […]

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