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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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…as Kennedys takes on eighteen lawyers

Kennedys is boosting its insurance practice by hiring three partners and 15 lawyers from near-defunct firm Edward Lewis. The partners will bring the lion’s share of Edward Lewis’ insurance clients with them. Partners Jane Smith, Kate Whitefield and Kieron West will join Kennedys at the end of this month. The Edward Lewis partnership is due […]

Garretts loses a founding partner

Adrian Phillips joined Garretts nearly six years ago and played a key role in building the Reading office into a seven-partner practice with 35 fee earners serving the Thames Valley market. His departure is the latest in a string of high-profile defections from the firm’s regional offices in the past year. Garretts has, however, strengthened […]

Movement at the bar

The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers. The departure of Sir Nicholas Lyell QC from Brick Court Chambers shows that not even the magic circle is secure from rival chambers poaching its leading barristers. Such movement, as well as […]

AOL and Time Warner merger legal teams revealed

The boards of both companies have approved the deal which, if regulators give it the go-ahead, will create a new company worth $327 billion by the end of the year. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s corporate partners Richard Beattie and Peter Ruegger and associate Peter Malloy are providing counsel for AOL. The firm was reportedly invaded […]

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