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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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Merger partners Reed Smith and Richards Butler have made their first joint hire ahead of the January 2007 completion of its tie-up. Reed Smith has hired outsourcing specialist Susan Mann from Verizon Communications to prepare for a TMT push once it becomes Reed Smith Richards Butler at the start of next year. Richards Butler partner […]

Freshfields closes in Singapore

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to pull the plug on its two-partner Singapore office. The move will result in the relocation of the partners Bruce Cooper and Yeelong Tan to the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office. The rest of the legal staff in the office have been offered positions with the firm in Hong Kong. […]

Simmons raids Norton Rose for capital markets head

Simmons & Simmons has bagged former Norton Rose associate to head its debt capital markets practice. Former Norton Rose senior associate Jochen Seitz will join Simmons & Simmons’ Frankfurt office in October. Seitz will head the Frankfurt capital market debt practice, according to German publication Juve. Simmons & Simmons German managing partner Hans-Hermann Aledenhoff said: […]

Phillips Fox joins up with Perth outfit

Australian firm Phillips Fox is to merge with the Perth partnership of Gadens Lawyers, boosting its presence in the Western Australian city. The merger, which excludes Gadens’ volume banking practice, will help support Phillips Fox’s increasingly international client base following the firm’s tie-up with DLA Piper. Phillips Fox chief executive Tony Crawford said: “The range […]

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