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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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Best Lawyers Australia 2014 has recognised 56 DLA Piper lawyers across 36 practice areas, with 24 lawyers listed across multiple categories. Best Lawyers is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. The DLA Piper lawyers recognised are: Norman Abrams Katherine Armytage Caroline Atkins Simon Bailey Toby Barrie Gerry Bean Rohan Bennett […]

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Another week, yet another enormous cable M&A deal in the European market. However, this time there’s a new face at the party. Following in the footsteps of Liberty Global and Vodafone, which have been gobbling up cable companies from Spain to the Netherlands like corporate Pac-Men, Altice has stepped up to take its own slice […]

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Dutch firm Van Doorne is reopening its London office, six years after pulling out from the City, and is hiring three partners from rival Boekel de Nerée. Van Doorne said it was planning to relaunch in London “in the course of 2014”. In a statement, managing partner Hugo Reumkens added: “In 2008 we took a […]

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