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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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Shift in bondholder power creates urgency in the City

Julia Cahill discusses the struggle towards contractual subordination in the junk bond market The faltering dialogue over structural versus contractual subordination in European junk bond contracts is one that banking lawyers cannot escape from just now. Poor recovery rates for bondholders in Europe’s high-yield market – 16-17 per cent compared with 30-40 per cent in […]

An age of reason

Before the Government brings in its age discrimination laws in 2006, those seeking fairness in the workplace are being forced to use existing legislation on indirect sexual discrimination in order to get their voices heard. Jon Robins investigates At the end of last year, the Government finally unveiled its plans to beat our deepening pensions […]

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Norton Rose fast-tracks Bahrain Eurobond issue

Norton Rose has helped the Kingdom of Bahrain to complete its first sovereign Eurobond issue. The issue was rushed through three days before chief UN weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix and Dr Mohamed El Baradei, the head of the UN’s nuclear agency, presented their crucial report on the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq to […]

3/4 South Square signs up French member

3/4 South Square has recruited its first member in France, signing up Cécile Dupoux (left) as an associate tenant. Dupoux practices at Paris-based firm Sonier & Associés, which like 3/4 South Square specialises in insolvency and restructuring. The set has an established working relationship with Dupoux and the firm. Dupoux is also a UK-qualified solicitor.

Takeover Panel appoints director general

The Takeover Panel has appointed Richard Murley, a managing director of Goldman Sachs, as its new director general. Murley will be seconded to the panel from 14 April for two years.

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