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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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Lathams takes general counsel from GE Capital

Latham & Watkins is bolstering its capital markets practice with the appointment of GE Capital’s European general counsel. Kevin Dunn is joining the US firm as a partner in November after two-and-a-half years at GE Capital leading a team of six lawyers. He was previously a banking partner at Travers Smith Braithwaite. Dunn’s recruitment coincides […]

Eversheds names head of corporate

Eversheds partner Martin Issitt has been appointed head of corporate, taking over from David Gray who has become the managing partner for Leeds and Manchester. Issitt, who joined Eversheds as a corporate partner in 1994, will continue to be involved in a transactional role but will also be responsible for managing the corporate group’s 200 […]

Matrix becomes first set to use paralegals

In what is believed to be the first move of its kind, Matrix Chambers is to employ paralegals. The first paralegal, law student Anjoli Singh, has already been recruited and will join the set in October to work on a major piece of international litigation that will be heard in the International Court of Justice. […]

City interest fades for equity in lieu of fees

Enthusiasm for taking equity in lieu of fees is on the wane following the downturn in the new economy symbolised by the collapse of Boo.com. Where firms at one point viewed the policy as a good selling point to attract the then fashionable dotcom companies, firms are now realising that it pays to be more […]

A good City salary has an added bonus

A commonplace occ-urrence in the City for many years, it has been a long time coming to law firms. Now bonuses have seriously entered our operation, if not yet our culture. Where will it all end? Bonuses for employees in big City institutions frequently see salary levels as only the start in terms of measuring […]

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