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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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Confronting vistas of liability

John Powell QC writes from Hong Kong on the ever-changing coastline of the international professional negligence scene. Occasional acquaintance with the world’s major time zone centres – Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York – confirms that we live in a world dominated by professionals. Their magnificent multi-storey edifices are the castles and palaces of […]

Mills & Reeve partner goes to Birketts

Top East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve has lost one of its private client partners to Ipswich firm Birketts. Jim Sawer has been a partner for more than 11 years at regional giant Mills & Reeve, but says he has decided to move because he wants to return to traditional private client work. He will […]

Company secretary leaves food giant

Associated British Foods (ABF) has lost its second company secretary in just six months. David Wilson, who is also director of legal services at the FTSE 100-listed food giant, joined the company in September last year from Debenhams, where he was general counsel and company secretary. It is unclear what has happened to Wilson since […]

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“He used to get drunk at parties and they decided this was the sort of person they should have.” – Management consultant Alan Hodgart on how one firm decided on its new partners.

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