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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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Norton Rose in Greek success

Norton Rose is the latest law firm to be given approval by a Greek bar to register its operations as a branch office Having received approval from the Piraeus Bar on 15 January, the firm’s offices in Athens and Piraeus are no longer described as “in association with Norton Rose”, but rather become branch offices […]

Speechlys helps PA share its profits

Speechly Bircham has completed an unusual major restructuring transaction for longstanding client PA Consulting Group.PA, a management, systems and technology consulting company, instructed Speechlys corporate partner Tom Shaw to help develop a structure to ensure the fair allocation of gains from its investments in venture activities to its employees.The transaction marked the further development of […]

Risk and the public sector

It is unsurprising that risk management is attaining as high a priority in publicly funded undertakings as it is in the private sector The services provided by the public sector – healthcare, education and regulatory approvals – require the need to ration resources in a highly charged and political environment.Public authorities have tended to reduce […]

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