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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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Recent rulings have brought charities to the forefront of public service. By Chris Priestley The role of charities in the provision of public services has evolved dramatically in recent years and looks to have been given centre stage in the current Government’s agenda. In the immediate aftermath of World War II the UK public and […]

Seven Bedford hires six tenants to strengthen BakerPlatt tie-up

Common law set Seven Bedford Row is deepening its unique international alliance with offshore law firm and consultancy group BakerPlatt by taking on six door tenants specialising in chancery work. The new door tenants, all from 5 Stone Buildings, will enable the alliance to carry out contentious trusts work as well as other traditional chancery […]

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The UK public sector is in a state of flux. Central government has instructed local authorities to work together to provide greater efficiencies, while local government, in turn, has long accused central government of hampering its work via a combination of micro-management and a stranglehold on finances. Both sides have responded to each others’ criticisms. […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

Standard Chartered legal chief in move to Dubai

Standard Chartered group head of legal David Brimacombe is jetting off to Dubai to take up a new position at the bank, leaving the organisation to search for a successor in London. Brimacombe is moving to the Gulf in the next few months to help drive forward the bank’s operations in the region. The bank […]

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