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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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Jones Day dominates mid-market M&A rankings for H1 2014

Jones Day has worked on more mid-market M&A deals than any other firm in the first half of 2014, taking the sole top spot in the global, European and UK rankings for the first time. According to figures from Thomson Reuters, the mid-market witnessed a significant uptick between 1 January and 30 June. Announced deals […]

Squire Patton Boggs forges a new course in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian legal market, with its strict regulations, is not the easiest place for a Western law firm to do business. After its merger in June, Squire Patton Boggs found itself faced with a dilemma as both legacy firms had a Saudi association formed in 2012. One had to be dissolved. Yesterday the firm […]

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Eversheds, Harper Macleod, Morton Fraser, Optima on new Clydesdale panel

Clydesdale Bank has named Eversheds, Harper Macleod, Morton Fraser and Optima as the four firms on its new recoveries panel. The four firms were cut from the bank’s slimmed-down national roster earlier this month when Clydesdale cut the panel in half (29 July 2014). But they have all been placed on the bank’s new recoveries […]

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