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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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Luxembourg newsflash — UAE regulatory update and Islamic finance update

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA) have each entered into 26 supervisory co-operation agreements with European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) securities regulators, following negotiations with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The signature of these memoranda of understanding will allow alternative investment fund […]

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Despite a brief rush of activity in July, when Baker Botts revamped its Middle East office with a raid on Norton Rose Fullbright’s Dubai team (16 July 2013), cautious optimism seems to be the name of the game in the region. Law firms battened down the hatches during the recession and, while recruitment is starting […]

The cybersecurity framework: Administration and Congress move to incentivise private sector co-operation

By Sydney M White, Jim Halpert,  Vinny Sanchez and Fernand A Lavallee The White House has announced its eight preliminary incentives to encourage private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure (CI) to adopt the final cybersecurity framework, now under development by the administration. And in the meantime, a report from the Department of Defense and […]

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Revealed: Lloyds Banking Group unveils group legal general counsel

Lloyds Banking Group has unveiled the name of its general counsel for group legal, parachuting corporate and M&A head Hugh Pugsley into the role in the latest in a series of senior legal management moves. Pugsley succeeds former group legal GC Kate Cheetham, who was promoted to deputy general counsel earlier this year. As deputy to […]

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