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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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Allen & Overy boosts NY outfit with two partners

Allen & Overy‘s New York office has hired two partners from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in a bid to compete with Clifford Chance. Ian Shrank and William Macan, both asset finance partners, moved at the end of April. Shrank says: “A&O is continuing on its path to attempt to be a global player. It realises […]

Libel laws winners in historical battle

The critics should consider the Irving case closely before passing judgement on the libel laws, writes James Libson. James Libson is a partner in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya and headed the team that acted for Professor Lipstadt. Two questions of interest arise out of Mr Justice Gray’s decision in the case […]

Davenport Lyons gains new head of licensing

Davenport Lyons has taken on Allen & Fraser’s highly-rated licensing partner as a department head. David Lavender is joining Davenport Lyons on 1 May as a consultant and will take over responsibility of the firm’s licensing practice from Philip Conway, head of the liquor and entertainment licensing group. Conway says: “I knew that David was […]

Richard Gerstein

Finers Stephens Innocent managing partner Richard Gerstein has given up the helm to go back to fee earning. Clair Smith talks to the litigation lawyer who will not miss the burden of management Being a managing partner does not always come with all the perks that people might expect. “I always thought that managing partners […]

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

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