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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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Burroughs Day sets up biotech unit

Bristol firm Burroughs Day has launched a specialist biotechnology acquisition and intellectual property (IP) unit. The new division was born out of the firm’s relationship with Bristol pharmaceutical start-up Hunter-Fleming. Corporate partner Martin Ryan and assistant Marc White aim to grow the unit’s client base by offering specialist advice in securing corporate finance, dealing with […]

4 Breams Buildings silk moves to Blackstone

Local government and planning set 4 Breams Buildings has lost highly-rated public and planning silk John Howell QC to leading public law and commercial set Blackstone Chambers. Howell’s decision to join Blackstone despite having a strong public and planning practice will come as a surprise for most. Senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings Stephen Graham […]

…and promotes Lippell to head of corporate finance

Leading regional firm Addleshaw Booth & Co is overhauling the management of its corporate finance group. Incumbent Jonathan Shorrock is stepping down in May to be replaced by highly-regarded corporate finance partner Sean Lippell. Shorrock will return to fee-earning full time after three years as manager of the group. He has a range of big-name […]

Hugh James launches sports dept

South Wales firm Hugh James Ford Simey has set up a specialist sports law department. Existing clients include sprinters Colin Jackson and Linford Christie and boxer Nicky Piper. The firm’s work for the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales Millennium Stadium has included the contract work to build the stadium, securing the 1999 Rugby World Cup […]

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