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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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Addleshaws adopts mentoring scheme

Addleshaw Goddard has launched a mentoring scheme as part of its alternative career path alongside the new position of managing associate. The scheme sees partners from all practice areas and the firm’s offices in Leeds, London and Manchester guiding associates to promotion. Last month the firm launched the initiative, with 134 associates being promoted on […]

Freshfields lends weight to UCL project

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Rio Tinto, RPS Group and RWE nPower are funding the launch of the Carbon Capture Legal Project by University College London (UCL). The stated aims of the project are to develop a resource base for legal developments in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) field. UCL’s Centre for Law and the Environment […]

Nixon Peabody to launch in London

US firm Nixon Peabody has announced the launch of its first London office via an alliance with emerging markets boutique Trinity. The office, which is based in the City, will open with six lawyers including three US partners and the three UK-qualified partners, who set up Trinity in February 2006. Nixon Peabody chairman, Harry Trueheart, […]

Freshfields threatens Bloxham appeal with potential £100K costs

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is deciding whether to pursue costs against Peter Bloxham, its former partner who lost a £4.5m age discrimination claim against the firm last week (www.thelawyer. com, 10 October). Freshfields told The Lawyer that it is seeking legal advice from Lewis Silkin on the matter. A source close to the case said that […]

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