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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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Cripps boosts PEP 50 per cent after wealth management sale

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Linklaters nets AstraZeneca role as conflict rules out Freshfields

Linklaters has scooped the lead advisory role on UK pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s £702m offer for Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. AstraZeneca instructed Linklaters instead of regular counsel Freshfields because the latter firm acted for Abbott Laboratories in its dispute last year with CAT over the royalties […]

Kirkland draws up plans for Hong Kong launch

Kirkland & Ellis is hoping to launch an office in Hong Kong within a year, although the ambitious plans are still subject to regulatory approval. London-based private equity partner David Eich is expected to relocate to Hong Kong to head up the new office. He told The Lawyer that the Chicago-based firm had not yet […]

Shepherds’ pre-LLP turnover soars 13 per cent

Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has posted robust financial figures for 2005-06, with annual fee income rising by 13 per cent to £34.6m. The firm also confirmed that it was planning to convert to limited-liability partnership status later this year, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (16 May). Shepherds said a separate figure that would […]

SIF chief elected Law Soc deputy VP

Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) chair Paul Marsh has been elected as the next deputy vice-president of the Law Society, beating candidates including former Beachcroft managing partner Bob Heslett and maverick Council member Christopher Digby-Bell. Marsh’s election was announced this morning (18 May). A property lawyer with Kingston firm Carter Bells, Marsh has been chair of […]

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