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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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Shepherd & Wedderburn’s Stephen Gibb on post-Tods Murray optimism

It’s been a difficult few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn, what with turnover stagnating and the ‘Scottish big four’ group it formed a nominal part of disintegrating when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors were taken out by merger. Like its last remaining big four counterpart Maclay Murray & Spens, the firm ran the serious risk […]

Corruption trial triggers Bird & Bird Hamburg negligence claim

Bird & Bird has been hit by a new professional negligence claimto the tune of €130m, in the latest development in a corruption trial against one of the firm’s former clients. The claimants allege that Bird & Bird lawyers acted negligently and potentially criminally in enabling embezzlement by former client Heinrich Maria Schulte, the ex-chief […]

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Skadden retains top spot for branding attraction in crowded US market

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is at the top of Acritas’ 2015 US law firm brand index for the fourth year running, despite heightened competition from other US firms. Results published today (2 February) showed that Jones Day, in second place, managed to narrow the 36-point gap from the year before to a 13-point difference. […]

Ogier to attend MIPIM 2015 property event

Ogier is attending MIPIM 2015, the annual real estate event for property professionals, at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, 10–13 March. If you would like meet to discuss the latest trends and developments in outsourced administration of real estate funds, or discuss how Ogier can service you or your clients in one of our eight […]

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