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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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Joking aside The law is not known for its comedy potential, but some blogs, such as Legal Antics (http://nylawblog.typepad.com/legalantics/), do try to squeeze the laughs out. The blog’s aim is to chronicle legal humour “because let’s face it lawyers take themselves far too seriously and the law is damn funny if you look at it […]

The best alternatives…

In this issue you will find our 20th anniversary supplement to celebrate the growth of the UK legal profession over the last two decades. But in the meantime, ladies and gentlemen, we present The Lawyer’s Alternative Awards for 2007. – Green award of the year: DLA Piper for flying in Al Gore to a Sheffield […]

Harbottle and Hollywood mogul in High Court feud

Media boutique Harbottle & Lewis is heading for a show-business showdown, with managing partner Lawrence Abramson facing cross-examination in the High Court today (17 December). The firm is suing Creative Design Art and its media magnate backer Israel Baron for breach of contract. The firm has accused Baron of deceit, negligence and fraud. Harbottle claims […]

Paul Hastings secures German merger

US firm Paul Hastings has bagged desirable German independent firm Smeets Haas Wolff in Frankfurt following a long search for a suitable merger partner in Germany. Twenty seven German lawyers will join the US firm and Smeets Haas’s five partners will join the partnership’s equity on 3 January 2008, concluding five months of negotiations. Smeets […]

ANATOMY OF A CASE: Ferrari v McLaren

Formula 1 was rocked by allegations of design theft this summer. Vanessa Whitman looks at how civil law was used to quickly protect the claimant’s interests It was the most exciting scandal in the world of sport this year, but behind the battle that was played out in the press were the legal processes that […]

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