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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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Brief encounter: allen & overy

The promises of riches to be reaped from the energy sector persuaded Allen & Overy to open its Moscow office in 1993. While it has been working with Russian-based clients for a number of years, the firm took the bold step of opening in the region, led by energy lawyer Doran Doeh. Doeh had previously […]

Hartford

Hartford Financial Services Group sells subsidiary Zwolsche Algemeene to Allianz subsidiary Assurances Générales de France (AGF). Hartford advised by Allen & Overy‘s UK, Dutch and Luxembourg offices (Mark Wippell, Maartin Muller and Marc Feider). AGF represented by Bredin Prat & Associés (Richard Shepherd) and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot.

B&M wins back IP partner

Baker & McKenzie has appointed a new partner to its Hong Kong IP department. Joseph Simone moves to the US firm from Hong Kong-based Johnson Stokes & Master. He worked at partner level within the firm, but was unable to become officially appointed due to local regulations. Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong IP practice head […]

Eversheds moves Leeds head to London

Eversheds is attempting to join the City private equity race as it relocates its Leeds head of corporate to head its London department. Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two-partner City private equity group. He will […]

Lovells team wins £70m for Abbey National in £460m leaseback deal

Lovells’ property team has steered Abbey National to a £70m profit in the first-ever sale and leaseback deal for a UK bank, worth around £460m. Abbey National has sold its branch network and offices and agreed a 20-year contract to occupy them on a flexible basis. The preferred bidder was Mapeley Columbus, backed by Soros […]

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