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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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Equant Group legal chief defects to SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin has hired Equant Group’s chief counsel for western Europe Maurice Murphy for its commercial department. Murphy has spent the last 10 years in the telecoms industry working for companies including National Grid, Energis, Mercury Communications and Bell Cable Media. Murphy is an Irish-qualified barrister and will be made up to partner at SJ […]

Partnering

Partnering has been a topic of interest to the UK construction industry for the last decade or so and is likely to remain under the spotlight for some time Partnering in the UK construction industry is not a new concept. Early focus in the offshore engineering industry received a boost from various industry bodies and […]

…as the firm boosts corporate tax in Berlin

The Berlin office of Hammond Suddards Edge has hired corporate tax lawyer Jens Uwe Hinder from German auditing firm Schmidt in a move that will give the office a new capability in corporate tax law.Hammonds opened in Berlin and Munich in April 2001, just prior to its approval of the merger with Paris firm Hausmann […]

Gunderson axes eight associates

West Coast firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian has axed eight associates in its second round of layoffs The cuts represent a 9 per cent reduction, taking the total number of associates to 82.New recruits take the strain as six of the cuts come from the 2001 autumn intake of associates.Gunderson laid off […]

Duty-bound

This year's budget signalled the end for structures devised to avoid stamp duty on property sales. Jonathan Evans reports on the implications for lawyers

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