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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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John Whitaker, a partner in DLA Piper’s real-estate practice in Los Angeles, has been named to the Daily Journal’s 2014 list of Top Development, Land Use and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers. The list recognises the top 50 attorneys in California whose work in the real-estate development sector has had an impact on projects that are helping to shape […]

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Baker & McKenzie have topped a survey of Asia-Pacific general counsel aimed at identifying the firms with the strongest brands in the region. Legal research company Acritas compiled the responses of 379 in-house counsel working in organisations with revenues of $50m or more. Those working in Australia and China […]

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Baker & McKenzie has kickstarted a South African competition practice with the acquisition of local firm Vani Chetty Competition Law. Name partner Vani Chetty joins Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Johannesburg, bringing with her her entire team.  The competition team adds to the firm’s existing South Africa capabilities in banking and finance, capital […]

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