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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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Altheimer & Gray is due to open a UK tax practice after hiring Vishvas Kanji, who has been a partner at Fox Williams since 1996. Its managing partner Robert Bata says that the firm also plans to start IP and corporate recovery practices. Altheimer has a 40-strong London practice which started in June 1999.

Siemens

This £1bn rolling stock contract is Siemens’ biggest ever for the UK. Timing on the deal was particularly tight due to the imminent withdrawal of slam-door carriages. Only three weeks passed between the Strategic Rail Authority’s (SRA) selection of incumbent Stagecoach Holdings as preferred bidder for the new South West trains franchise, and the announcement […]

Equitable boss shown to be New Labour donor

Newly-available information from the Electoral Commission reveals that political donations for this quarter include a contribution by Equitable Life’s new chairman Vanni Treves. Quarterly submissions from the political parties show that Macfarlanes partner Treves donated £1,600 to the Labour Party on 3 March 2001. The donation came nearly three weeks after his appointment at Equitable. […]

Follow that car

The wait is nearly over for sufferers from asbestos-related illnesses and they should start receiving compensation this month [May]. But the tragedy serves to illustrate the point that there is a need for a formal employers’ insurers’ liability bureau – along the lines of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) – to act as an insurer […]

Adding insult to injury

Following the plummeting share price of Claims Direct in the financial pages has become something of a spectator sport among personal injury (PI) lawyers over the last few months. It has been a source of considerable satisfaction for the sceptics, who are barely able to hold back a righteous smile at their old adversary’s problems, […]

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