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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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His exit had been rumoured for some time, but Simmons & Simmons confirmed the retirement of legendary global head of communications and outsourcing David Barrett today. See story. Barrett was part of an illustrious in-house team at IBM in the 1980s that spawned such IT law luminaries as John Yates and Chris Hoyle of Beachcroft […]

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Stalled private equity market makes way for corporates

The City is treading carefully, but the end of private equity’s reign is not imminent. By Margaret Taylor So, August is over and the frenzied credit crunch obsession, which has kept the non-holidayers among us amused over the summer, continues apace. Now that all but the truly hedonistic are back at their desks, the job […]

SJ Berwin embraces flexible working with formal policy

SJ Berwin has put in place a formal flexible working policy after having informal arrangements with some staff for years. The firm’s formal policy was approved in July to ensure that staff felt comfortable asking for flexible working arrangements. HR director Karen Chalmers said: “We’ve made it much more formal. We can say, ‘Here is […]

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Getting rid of unnecessary disclosure will make patent litigation cheaper and faster, says Jonathan Radcliffe One of the primary accusations levelled at patent litigation in England is its expense. Judgments since the turn of the nineteenth century have blamed this on the way in which patent litigation is conducted. One of the main villains is […]

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