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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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A recent clinical negligence case made all professionals sit up and take notice. But lawyers need not worry – the ruling does not apply to them. By Peter Causton Professionals of all kinds will have breathed a collective sigh of relief following the decision in Paul Davison & Taylor v White on 18 November 2004, […]

Zurich singles out six firms for global panel

Insurance giant Zurich has concluded its secretive review of global advisers, with six firms making it on to its preferred list. It is understood that five UK-based firms have made the global panel, which covers Zurich’s high-end corporate and insurance work in Europe and the US. The review was presided over by Zurich group general counsel Monica Maechler. […]

Lovells acts for 200 UK MPs to overturn death sentence

A death row prisoner who was once only an hour away from execution will now be either set free or retried following a three-year campaign by Lovells. The firm acted on a pro bono basis as UK lawyers for the prisoner, Kenny Richey, as well as for his partner Karen Torley and for 200 English […]

Expansion signals new Paris focus for Hogan

Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson has taken its first lateral partner since losing the majority of its associated Paris office to Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) last summer. The firm is also sending a heavyweight management partner to Paris to spearhead a renewed growth drive. French corporate partner Jean-Marc Franceschi joins Hogan’s […]

Charles Russell tops AIM game

Charles Russell has stor-med the list of the top 10 legal advisers on AIM flotations. The firm worked on 19 deals last year, finishing second only to AIM specialists Memery Crystal, according to figures released by the AIM & OFEX Deal Monitor. “It’s been gradually growing,” said Charles Russell head of finance Simon Gilbert. “2002 […]

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