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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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Barlow Lyde set to open first practice in China

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is launching its first Chinese office, in Shanghai, as the Chinese government considers widening the insurance market for foreign companies. The firm is planning to enter the region in July with a staff of five, including consultant Heida Donegan and associate Hermes Pazzaglini, who are relocating from the Hong Kong office. […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp is swapping the head of its Frankfurt office as it plans to double its lawyer count over the next three years. Graham Ward, who has been managing partner of the Frankfurt office for three years, is returning to London to be replaced by the current head of reconstruction and insolvency and corporate […]

In-house prove their mettle

I was somewhat amused by a large display advertisement from Freshfields last week in The Lawyer. It had the heading, in large type, “Ahead of the game”, and was illustrated by a galloping cheetah. No self-respecting cheetah wants to be ahead of the game – just behind it, and eventually on top of it. But […]

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