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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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Professional Negligence Special Report: The ex factor

A recent case provides useful guidance on when a law firm can and cannot act for a former client. Richard Harrison reports. The issues that a law firm needs to consider if it wants to act against a former client were clarified in the recent case of Winters v Mischon de Reya (2008). Mishcon de […]

Eni shuns external advice on £4bn deal to cut costs

Italian energy company Eni drew entirely on its in-house legal team when disposing of EUR 4.7bn (£4.18bn) worth of subsidiaries, amid a plan to drastically cut its future legal spend. Eni restructured its legal department late last year to operate along geographical lines and the company aims to reduce its external legal spend by 20 […]

Colt kicks off hunt for Euro advisers

Colt Telecom has begun the search for new legal advisers to work across its European network. The telecommunications provider ;already ;has ­preferred firms in each European jurisdiction, but is planning to hire sole advisers for employment, regulatory and commercial work across the region. Colt has also reduced the number of suppliers it uses in each […]

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