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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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Jurisdiction case reaches European Court of Justice

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in a personal injury case on 1 March could have wide-ranging implications for commercial disputes, said one of the lawyers involved. The court was ruling on questions from the Court of Appeal from July 2002 in the case of Owusu v Jackson. Richard Plender QC of 20 Essex […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won a major mandate for Palmer Capital Partners (PCP), advising the property venture capital company on the UK’s largest development-based sale-and-leaseback to date. BLP partner Tim Simmonds won a competitive tender to advise PCP on the sale-and-leaseback of 140 petrol forecourt stores acquired by Somerfield from Texaco last month. Real estate finance specialists from BLP, Forsters, South East firm IBB […]

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The benefits of more women reaching the boardroom were on display at St Stephen’s Club in Westminster last week, when recruitment business Veredus held a diversity seminar. Getting women on board was the subject, and the change in culture one of the themes. As one worthy gentleman speaker put it: “It’s noticeable and beneficial that, […]

Court of Appeal sides with legal professional privilege

The Court of Appeal last week clarified the duties of solicitors in reporting money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Lord Justices Brooke, Mance and Dyson were ruling in the case of Bowman v Fels. During the course of legal proceedings over the ownership of a house, Jennifer Bowman’s solicitors, Levine Mellins […]

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