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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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East Africa: Fuels paradise

East African law firms are benefiting from a boom in natural resources such as oil and gas in the region Around 20 years ago, heads of state from three East African countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – came together for a summit that was the first step on the road to establishing what has […]

How much is too much? A call for global principles to guide to the punishment of international cartels

Few issues engender as much debate in antitrust circles as the concern of overlapping punishment of cartel offenders in international cartel cases. The mass proliferation of antitrust enforcement, rising criminal and civil penalties and the seemingly boundless extraterritorial reach of national antitrust laws challenge traditional notions of proportional punishment and adequate deterrence in international cartel […]

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Shale gas push ‘disappointing’ claims low carbon charity

The charity Carbon Leapfrog, which works with a range of top 100 UK law firms on renewable energy projects, has spoken out against the British Government’s backing this week of the shale gas industry. Developments in shale gas have been a driver behind several firms’ expansion in the UK, notably US-headquartered outfits. On Wednesday Chancellor […]

The new law on the protection of employment in France enters into force

The Constitutional Council rendered its decision concerning the new law on the protection of employment in France on 13 June 2013 and ruled that all but one of its provisions were in conformity with the French Constitution. The law was published in the Official Journal on 16 June 2013… If you are registered and logged […]

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