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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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Low costs per lawyer have helped North West firms boost their profits. Add to this a string of mergers and a new corporate focus and the South had better watch its back. By Joanne Harris Two years ago, Manchester celebrated a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and law firms celebrated. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to […]

Blackstone Chambers votes in new heads

^WH¬ne Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley QC as its new heads of chambers. The duo replace Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC after almost seven years at the helm.Mill and Beazley will hold the posts for a five-year term, wh… Blackstone Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley […]

Safe saving

Since Guernsey made market abuse a criminal offence with a penalty of up to seven years in prison, investors are more protected than ever before. Benjamin Wrench reports Shell might have been fined £17m by the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA), but that is just the beginning of a long-expected global crackdown. The number of […]

BLP and FFW both land new hotel sector clients

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have scored a client win apiece in the hotels sector. BLP advised property manager Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) on its acquisition of the Hotel Du Vin hotel chain for £66.4m in its first direct instruction from MWB. The deal follows work that BLP undertook for boutique […]

Project and serve

Amec’s shift from construction to a primarily services-based company is a strategic switch that has come good. Jodi Bartle reports on its progress Amec, a hybrid project management and services company comprising engineering, construction and projects, sports the dubious claim of being one of the largest UK companies currently in Iraq, having won lucrative power […]

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