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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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UK law firms snubbed by German financial giants

Financial giants Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank have chosen independent German firms to advise on their merger rather than UK-based firms with German links. Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber, Germany’s largest firm, is acting for Deutsche Bank, while Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch Rechtsanwalte is representing Dresdner Bank. The merger will create the world’s largest financial […]

Haarmanns opens office in Moscow

German legal practice Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner has opened a Moscow office as part of a global expansion drive. Gerd Lenga, previously the partner in charge of German rival Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber’s Moscow office, has been appointed to head the new Russian practice. Ulrich Schrader has moved from Haarmanns’ Berlin and Bucharest offices to […]

Dot com gets head of legal from bank

Online financial services company Interactive Investor International has appointed its first head of legal from investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. As counsel in the law and compliance department at Morgan Stanley, Anil Raval was responsible for all legal and regulatory issues surrounding international private wealth management. He has been appointed head of legal and […]

Testing compensation levels

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are “no longer fair and reasonable”. Eight test cases involving a spread […]

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