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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’s Brussels trade law team, headed by Craig Pouncey, is representing major Indian pharmaceutical companies in the first non-European anti-subsidies investigation by the European Commission (EC) since the implementation of the World Trade Organisation Anti-Subsidies Agreement in January 1995. The EC is investigating alleged subsidies granted by the Indian government to Indian manufacturers of […]

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THE ASSOCIATION of Women Barristers (AWB) has launched a bitter attack against the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, following his decision to ditch Labour’s pre-election pledge to establish a judicial appointments commission. In June, Lord Irvine had promised to consult over the possibility of setting up an appointments commission, but in a surprise announcement last week […]

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A recent series of mergers in the Australian legal market is a sign of ambition rather than a return of the volatility of the last recession, reports Patrick Stewart.P atrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Last month, Freehill Hollingdale & Page, a top Australian commercial practice consummated its marriage to Perth firm Parker & Parker, […]

NSW warns Govt over reforms

New South Wales Attorney General Jeff Shaw QC has warned the UK government not to act with haste or be overly influenced by public opinion in reforming the criminal justice system. Shaw, who is a Labour politician and his state’s top law officer, was invited to the UK to address the annual Doughty Street chambers […]

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