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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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Silks list hails success for the Welsh bar

The Welsh bar’s success in last week’s silks list is being linked to a rise in its general commercial and public law work. Cardiff set 9 Park Place ranked equal first in the number of new silks, with three appointments. One of its new silks, chancery and environment expert Milwyn Jarman, was appointed junior counsel […]

Three key deals

Vodafone acquires a 15 per cent stake in Japan Telecom for $2.2bn (£1.54bn), January 2001 This is the second-largest foreign investment in Japan after Renault’s deal with Nissan two years earlier. Herbert Smith, which has been in Tokyo for less than a year, and Tokyo Marunouchi Law Office advised Japan Telecom’s two founding companies, which […]

Tower hamlets

Paisner & Co won this contract after a competitive tender. The project is a nice meaty one for the soon-to-be-merged firm (its marriage with Berwin Leighton goes live on 1 May). The project involves the design, development and implementation of a portal and customer relationship management software, as well as the provision of related business […]

The Leader column

Spring is in the air, the sap is rising, and so are the salaries: it’s budget time. Up until last year, the annual round of pay reviews for assistants was seen as routine. But then SJ Berwin and Clifford Chance raised the stakes. This was no poor-us defensive response to the US firms – it […]

Kennedys launches a second office in India

City firm Kennedys is opening a second Indian office, effectively doubling the size of its domestic practice. The firm plans to open an office in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, at the end of 2001. It will be staffed by one partner and up to five associates. The New Delhi office, which specialises in commercial, […]

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