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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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ABTA legal director ousted over fraud allegations

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McNeives hooks up with music specialists

McNeive Solicitors and the London-based partners of UK entertainment firm Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit have merged to create a new media, entertainment and technology firm called Smiths. The new three-partner firm features internet expert Liam McNeive and music specialists Andrew Lewis and Paul Jones. The three met when McNeive was negotiating a record deal […]

Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has emerged as the top contributor to Kerry’s campaign, giving $105,650. Of Kerry’s top ten fund-raiders, four are law firms including Piper […]

Publicis gains UK legal function with Harbottle hire

French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head. Kiernan joined the company from Harbottle & Lewis, where she specialised in advertising and media work.As first reported in The Lawyer (17 November), Publicis has been looking to create a legal post […]

Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering close in on merger

Boston’s Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks. According to the Boston Globe the two firms could finalise the deal as early as next week. “There have been ongoing discusssions with Wilmer Cutler. But there has been no final decision,” Hale and Dorr’s managing partner William Lee told the […]

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