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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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UK regions offer strong real estate value compared with Europe, says Eversheds

Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on news that Maya Capital plans to spend £100m on office buildings in cities across the UK. He said: “With Grexit looming and bond rates historically low, the UK regions offer strong and stable value compared with Europe. “Right now, a well-let property in […]

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Nicky Richmond is surprised and delighted by the Michelin-starred treats on offer at Pied à Terre. We’d booked to go to Atelier de Joel Robuchon as a birthday treat for J, son of C. I ask whether J, whose taste in food tends towards the adventurous might not prefer something a little more down with […]

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Ashurst puts Asia focus on Japan with relocation of regional head

Ashurst has bolstered its Tokyo practice by moving two partners including its Asia head from Singapore to the Japanese capital. Asia managing partner Matthew Bubb and partner Dominic Gregory have both relocated in a move designed to strengthen the firm’s energy, infrastructure and finance practices in Japan. Energy and infrastructure finance specialist Bubb began his […]

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