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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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DLA senior partner Roger Lane-Smith failed to record a meeting in which the chairman of JJB Sports Dave Whelan was found to have rigged the price of football shirts with his competitors, David Hughes of all:sports and Mike Ashley of Sports Soccer. Lane-Smith is a non-executive director of JJB, which was fined £8.37m by the […]

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I wonder what David Attenborough would say if he ever crept up on a pride of sleeping lawyers. Would he marvel over the magnificent beasts? Would he note the thin ones, soon to be fatally injured in some gruelling hunt for new clients, or the young ones, ready to maul each other for their place […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (William Lawes, Jonathan Rees, Jeffery Roberts) provided UK and Russian legal advice to US energy company ConocoPhillips on its successful bid for the purchase of a 7.59 per cent stake in Russian oil company OAO Lukoil. The $1.988bn (£1.115bn) purchase from the Russian government represents a deal value of $30.76 (£17.25) per […]

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