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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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Law firms left sweating as clients ramp up in-house IP capabilities

But the trend of IP lawyers going in-house may not necessarily be bad for law firms. By Ben Moshinsky The demand for IP lawyers from in-house legal departments is rising as more companies start to focus on innovation and brand awareness as part of their blueprints for future growth. In recent months large multinationals, including […]

Kennedys management clash over Australian strategy

Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia. Kennedys launched its first Australian office in Sydney three months ago and have been in talks with Melbourne lawyers about opening another office, according to Asian Legal Business. Sydney managing partner Mark Doepel said: […]

Top international deals

UNITED STATES The $33bn (£17.7bn) private equity consortium buyout of Tennessee’s Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) was the largest deal of its kind this year. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Proskauer Rose acted for Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity and Ropes & Gray advised Bain Capital. Sullivan & […]

CAT president Bellamy quits for Linklaters

Linklaters has ramped up its London competition practice with the star hire of president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) Sir Christopher Bellamy. Bellamy, recognised as one of Europe’s leading competition lawyers, joins the firm’s global competition and antitrust practice as a senior consultant. He will step down from his position at the CAT later […]

Phillips Fox joins up with Perth outfit

Australian firm Phillips Fox is to merge with the Perth partnership of Gadens Lawyers, boosting its presence in the Western Australian city. The merger, which excludes Gadens’ volume banking practice, will help support Phillips Fox’s increasingly international client base following the firm’s tie-up with DLA Piper. Phillips Fox chief executive Tony Crawford said: “The range […]

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