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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided advice to Jazz Investments, a Bermuda company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, regarding its private placement of $575m (£345m) aggregate principal amount of its 1.875 per cent exchangeable senior notes due 2021 to several investment banks acting as initial purchasers that subsequently resold the notes to various […]

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Withers has opened a new office in San Francisco, its first new base in more than two years. The firm, which is known as Withers Bergman in the US, officially opened its doors on the West Coast in January 2014 with the hire of Louis Mezzullo as a consulting partner from McKenna Long & Aldridge […]

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Is the Australian legal market on the road to recovery?  If associate salaries are anything to go by the answer is yes. As The Lawyer reported earlier this year, tough trading conditions had forced firms such as King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills to take a look at their cost bases, with many […]

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Partnership restructuring pays off for Bircham Dyson Bell

Bircham Dyson Bell has recorded stable turnover but an increase in profitability after a steady 2013/14, with total revenue essentially unchanged at £31.3m. Turnover for the London firm rose marginally from £31.25m the previous year. However net profit, reported on a like-for-like basis, rose to £9.3m from £9.1m in 2012/13. Bircham Dyson Bell restructured its […]

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