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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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Siemens scoops new GC from GE Healthcare

Siemens has snared GE Healthcare general counsel Peter Solmssen to take up the position of general counsel, which for the first time will have a seat on the management team and on the board. The German technology outfit has also appointed Andreas Pohlmann as its new chief compliance officer, with both lawyers scheduled to start […]

Herbies bolsters Bangkok for corporate refocus

Herbert Smith has signalled its renewed confidence in Thailand with the appointment of Rashane Leerabandu as head of corporate and commercial in Bangkok. The firm scaled down its Thai offering to focus on dispute resolution and construction following a scandal in 1997 that led to head of regional arbitration Henry Uscinski being imprisoned for five […]

LeBoeuf partner returns to in-house roots with ITV job

ITV has appointed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae corporate partner Andrew Garard as its legal director to replace the outgoing Kyla Mullins. Garard, who has spent most of his career in-house, leaves LeBoeuf after just one year in private practice, as first reported on www.thelawyer.com (20 September). Garard told The Lawyer: “I’ve enjoyed private practice, […]

South spark: international arbitration in Latin America

Latin America has finally realised that it needs to start trusting international arbitration. By Ignacio Suarez Anzorena and Christian Leathley For historical reasons, Latin American countries used to distrust international arbitration. The reason for such distrust was the perception that many international arbitrations and claims commissions established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries […]

Atkin Chambers loses silk to High Court

Atkin Chambers has raided 4 Pump Court for top silk David Sears QC in the week it saw its first barrister, Robert Akenhead QC, join the High Court bench. Sears, who took silk in 2003, made the move as he wanted to grow his construction and professional negligence practice and felt that Atkin was a […]

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