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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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Shareholders throw out bid for Greycoat

Both sides’ lawyers are claiming victory in the bitter six-week long shareholder battle over property company Greycoat. Property company Moorfield Estates last week withdrew an offer to buy its larger rival Greycoat after shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting voted to reject its bid. But in the process, Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith, has agreed […]

In brief: Chair in negligence law for Liverpool

Liverpool firm Weightmans is to fund the establishment of a new Chair in Negligence Law at the University of Liverpool, which will be advertised nationally and internationally. It will allow the firm access to training facilities from the faculty of law, which is an authorised provider approved by the Law Society. Weightmans senior partner Tony […]

EU Time directive/termination payments. Sleight of handshake

The assumption that the first £30,000 of a termination payment to former employees will be tax-free is an important basic principle for both employees and employers. However, over the past year, this tax-free payment has been under threat. Admittedly, there have always been limitations to this basic principle. For example, it can only be made: […]

Ellison spearheads Eversheds' pension ambitions

National firm Eversheds is aiming to build one of the leading pensions practices in Europe with the appointment of Hammond Suddards pensions specialist Robin Ellison. Currently a consultant at Hammond Suddards, Ellison will join Eversheds initially as a consultant and will become a partner and National Head of Pensions at Eversheds later in 1997. He […]

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