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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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CC thrashes out future management

Clifford Chance’s board is locked in discussions to decide which partners will become the next generation of management. The board spent last Friday (19 January) in a late-night meeting in Hong Kong. One of the topics addressed was the management succession. The issue is the subject of much speculation within the firm. One insider confirms […]

Corporate

Go-Ahead Group buys Midland Airport Service (MAS) (Holding) for £72m. Go-Ahead advised by Dickinson Dees (Simon Watts). Financial advisers Close Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. MAS represented by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Roger Finbow). Financial adviser KPMG Corporate Finance.

A&O steps up restructuring drive with Indonesian deal

The Singapore office of Allen & Overy (A&O) has completed what is believed to be the largest restructuring for an Indonesian debtor since the economic crisis in 1997. The firm is advising Bank of America as chairman of the steering committee of creditors to PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa, one of the leading cement producers in […]

HYDER CONSULTING

Following on from last summer’s chaotic bid for Hyder, Western Power Distribution (WPD), which won out against Japanese bank Nomura, is offloading a number of the Welsh water and electricity company’s assets. The £20m management buyout of Hyder’s consulting business by 70 senior managers may provide a new client for Wragge & Co, as it […]

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The research used information provided by online legal information provider Lawtel. The statistics, which relate to all civil litigation, save for immigration cases, were obtained for 22 of the UK’s leading chambers. An appearance is recorded for a judgment handed down during the last judicial year, which ran from October 1999-July 2000. The outcomes of […]

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