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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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Clifford Chance and Linklaters have landed the lead roles as Russia’s Sberbank raises a three-year $1.5bn (£930m) loan from a syndicate of ten foreign banks. The deal follows Sberbank’s completion of its first legal panel, in which it published both the winners and the losers (24 October 2012). Both Clifford Chance and Linklaters were appointed. […]

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Norton Rose is the latest firm to be raided by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, with the US headquartered firm hiring financial disputes partner Charles Evans. Milbank has made a series of lateral hires in recent months. In August The Lawyer revealed that Linklaters projects partner Clive Ransome was to join the firm (24 August […]

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Women drivers needed

Ever wondered why women are so under-represented in the upper ranks of law firms when so many continue to enter the profession at the junior level? Some of our readers reckon they have the answer. “If they want to make partners they should work and they’ll get made up. There is no magic to it,” […]

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Partners leave large Chinese firms to set up new brand in Beijing

A group of 12 partners from eight Chinese firms have come together to establish a new firm in Beijing under the banner of Anjie. The partners come from a range of firms including large nationals Grandall, Zhong Lun and Zhonglun W&D. The new firm, to be launched in November, will be managed by founding partner […]

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Reed Smith and Bakers win roles on BBC’s Jimmy Savile inquiries

Reed Smith has been appointed to advise the independent inquiries set up by the BBC in the wake of allegations that the corporation ignored evidence relating to claims that Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender. The broadcaster has established two independent inquiries into the allegations. The first is led by former Sky News head […]

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