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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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In brief: Herbert Smith

Law firms have some of the worst credit ratings in the country. A survey of 1.3 million sole traders and partnerships by ICC Information lists 28,000 legal and accountancy firms in the worst 10 per cent. The legal profession as a whole ranks 540 out of the 911 sectors surveyed.

Wilde Sapte's exit rules attract French scrutiny

Wilde Sapte is bracing itself for a possible partner exodus if a judgment on its controversial policy preventing more than two senior equity partners leaving each year is ruled unlawful. The ruling by a French judge is due this week. Tom McDonald, a partner in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office, entered arbitration with the French bar […]

All systems go when firms merge?

Preparing for merger can be one huge headache. Pay structures, partnership deeds and client lists are all areas that have to be addressed if firms are to be compatible and the marriage is to work. But one of the biggest headaches of all is how to merge the IT capacity of two or more firms. […]

In brief: 1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Mark Strachan QC, is moving to refurbished premises at 3 Hare Court. The move, which will take place at the end of the year, will enable all tenants at the general commercial and common law set to be housed on one site.

Dibbs launches new rapid response unit

Dibb Lupton Alsop claims to have launched the UK’s first “rapid response team” to advise on emergencies – but rivals claim that they have provided the service for years and that it is a marketing gimmick by Dibbs. A round-the-clock service manned by a 30-strong Dibbs team plans to cash in on providing immediate advice […]

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