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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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Ntl reviews roster after Telewest tie

Ntl had a major shake-up of its legal advisers following its merger with Telewest, with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobsen appointed as primary legal adviser. Travers Smith had been ntl’s longstanding counsel and will remain as a secondary adviser, along with Ashurst, Charles Russell, Simmons & Simmons and Wiggin.

McGrigors hires FFW property partner

McGrigors has bagged property finance partner William Greig from Field Fisher Waterhouse to add to its banking and finance team in London. He will work on property investment and development deals. Greig also has experience in outsourcing and PFI projects. McGrigors’ banking and finance team comprises four partners and 15 associates.

Partnerships

As the introduction of the Legal Services Bill looms on the horizon, partnership structures have begun to consume an ever-increasing amount of lawyers’ and managers’ time. How many law firms will seek external investment from private equity houses, or through public listings on either AIM or the full market? And how much extra cash could […]

Age concern

Don’t just hope for the best when it comes to the new age regulation and retirement ages. It pays to have a plan, says Roger Byard Despite pressure from many interest groups, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 do not include a default retirement age for partners in line with those for employees. The consequence […]

The art of reinventing yourself

Peter Barton, a former partner at Travers Smith, who now holds several non-executive directorships including with Alliance & Leicester and the Guinness Trust Group, recently offered some sound advice to lawyers considering a career change. He was generally upbeat about their overall chances of success (The Lawyer, 1 May). While I agree that change comes […]

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