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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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CMS private equity star quits for Norton Rose Fulbright

CMS Cameron McKenna private equity partner Richard Bull has quit for the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Norton Rose Fulbright today confirmed that Bull will join the corporate, M&A and securities practice, although his start date is not yet clear. Norton Rose Fulbright global head of financial institution James Bateson said:  “Despite the challenging financial […]

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‘Hottest’ barrister website sparks consternation at the bar

A new website that claims to rank ‘The 21 Hottest Barristers in London’ has been met with much mirth at the bar. The website began circulating around the Inns of Court earlier this week, after the self-proclaimed barrister hottie experts launched a Tumblr called ‘YourBarristerBoyfriend’. Patrick Hennessey of 39 Essex Street, who was only called […]

SEC to credit for compliance with foreign regulations?

Recent remarks by several commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicate that the agency may adopt a new approach to its regulation of transactions, products and market activities that are subject to parallel regulatory requirements in multiple jurisdictions. Taken together, the commissioners’ comments suggest that the SEC now favours ‘substituted compliance’ as a […]

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FFW and OC: near as dammit to a merger

 How close can you get without actually merging? Ask FFW and OC There is no suggestion of corporate stalking here, but there are some eye-catching things going on between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke (OC). First it was the launch in Palo Alto that got people wondering. FFW opened its representative office there […]

VTB Capital: Supreme Court decision

What are the legal consequences of ‘piercing the corporate veil’ of a company? If it is appropriate to do so, will the controller of the company be made liable on its contracts? The UK Supreme Court has decided in VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp and others [2013] UKSC 5 that contractual liabilities of […]

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