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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 truly magical evening

The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. Allen & Overy telecoms partner Chris Watson, father of acting star Emma (pictured), who you can see in the Harry Potter films, had obviously been stung by the implication that his […]

Law Soc green light for training framework overhaul

The Law Society Council today (Thursday 24 February) gave the go-ahead for the next stage of the controversial Training Framework Review, which has split the profession’s educational establishment. The review proposes to scrap the current system for qualifying as a solicitor, replacing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a series of assessments undertaken over a […]

Ofgem ups stable of legal advisers to reduce outlay

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has added three more firms to its six-strong legal panel in a bid to slash its legal spend. Herbert Smith, Lovells and Norton Rose have all scooped places on Ofgem’s panel for the first time. They join Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, Olswang and Simmons […]

Testa Hurwitz partners demand return of capital

Eight former partners of dissolved Boston firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault are trying to force the partnership into involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The eight partners, who left between 2001 and 2004, are seeking to recover their capital contributions. The firm dissolved on January 14, 2005. Involuntary Chapter 11 petitions are rarely successful but the […]

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