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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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7 Bedford Row barrister begins Polly Peck prosecution

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Dechert picks up Linklaters team for Paris IP push

Dechert has launched an IP team in France through the hire of Linklaters partner Marianne Schaffner and a team of associates. Schaffner was head of Linklaters’ IP/IT team and co-led the firm’s global media and entertainment group. She joined Linklaters in 2000 and was made up in 2006. Her practice covers life sciences, technology and […]

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Ex-Macfarlanes partner jailed for a year over drink-driving offences

A former MacFarlanes partner who resigned from the firm last year has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £4,200 after being found guilty of drink-driving, perverting the course of justice and two further charges. During his trial Francis Bridgeman claimed to have been kidnapped by an armed gang to avoid being […]

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Seldon age discrimination case could prove Supreme acid test for compulsory retirement Last week the Supreme Court ­convened five of the country’s most senior judges to hear a landmark case concerning the social justifications that can be used to justify retiring a partner. Leslie Seldon had issued Employment Tribunal proceedings against Kent-based Clarkson Wright & […]

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