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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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Herbert Smith restructures

Herbert Smith is carrying out a radical review of its internal structure, which could lead to the reintroduction of the role of managing partner. The review has been commissioned by incoming senior partner Richard Bond, who is chairing a six-strong committee. The committee is made up of representatives from each of the firm’s practice areas […]

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Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp’s plans for a merger are being blocked by the US firm’s London office. It is understood that the office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing that the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the […]

New Court Chambers tenants move on

The first of the remaining tenants at George Carman QC’s dissolving New Court Chambers have found new homes. As The Lawyer exclusively revealed on its website, www.thelawyer.co.uk (24 January), Carman’s set will cease to exist on 20 April. After a spate of senior tenants quit the set last year the chambers took the decision to […]

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