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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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Gateley to double office space in Leeds in early move

Gateley is doubling its presence in Leeds with an office move three years earlier than planned after adding 22 lawyers in 18 months.  The firm will leave its Toronto Square base in October, where it occupies 3,880 sq ft, for a 7,500 sq ft office in Minerva House. Gateley launched in the region in January […]

Ogier launches dispute resolution team in Hong Kong

Ogier has expanded the reach of its dispute resolution practice into Hong Kong to serve Asian clients in their own time zone. The Hong Kong dispute resolution practice will work closely with the wider dispute resolution team across British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. The practice is headed up by partner Ray Ng, who has […]

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Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters advise Balfour Beatty on $1.24bn buyout of its US division

Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters have advised on the sale of Balfour Beatty’s US professional services division Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for $1.24bn. Balfour Beatty was advised by Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in the US and Linklaters in the UK. MoFo M&A partner Mark Wojciechowski led the negotiations together with corporate partner Tom Knox; tax […]

Allen & Overy maintains top position in H1 capital markets league tables

In the H1 2014 league tables, Allen & Overy has ranking as the leading adviser in global debt, equity and equity-related capital markets, advising issuers and managers on 462 deals worth $346bn (£206bn). This is 127 deals and more than $84bn ahead of its nearest competitor, according to data from Thomson Reuters. The Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Dealogic capital […]

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