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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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LAG despondent as tribunals refused aid

The advice sector is shattered by the news that legal aid will not be extended to tribunal representation. Addressing the conference, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, said he was committed to extending the role of non-solicitor advice agencies. But, in an answer to a question from the floor, he confirmed that legal aid would not […]

A ccess to justice. Justice for the ordinary man

Since the Law Society’s pro bono working party published its report, Solicitors Serving Society, in May 1994, there has been a significant increase in the number of references in the legal Press to pro bono activity by solicitors’ firms. Examples of such work include Clifford Chance, under the ‘Business in the Community’ initiative, waiving fees […]

Making the net work for you

Publishing on the Net is growing at an enormous pace and could prove a valuable way of advertising your firm’s services as well as saving money, reports Chris Davis In Europe, companies spend an estimated 22.5 billion ECU each year on publishing. It is an area that can benefit immensely from using the information superhighway, […]

Firm claims a first in East Europe

Baker & McKenzie has advised on a deal which saw the first Western European company listed on an Eastern European stock exchange. It represented ING Barings and Creditanstaldt Investment Bank as underwriters of a $83 million international offering of shares in Cofinec, a French packaging group. Following the shares sale, Cofinec was admitted to the […]

Financings

Ashurt Morris Crisp advised Critchley Group in a rights issue to raise £11.4 million net of expenses. Ashursts also acted for Hoare Govett Corporate Finance on its private placing of shares in Bioglan Pharma for a total subscription price of £10 million. Norton Rose acted for Bioglan Pharma.

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