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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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Scottish firm Gillespie MacAndrew is to open an office in Perth on 3 September. This will be the firm’s second office in Scotland, after having a presence in Edinburgh since 1976. The new office, which opens officially on 3 September, will initially house a team of four lawyers, led by land and rural business partner […]

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Deutsche Bank hires Cleary’s von Dryander as German GC

Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton banking veteran Christof von Dryander as its new general counsel for Germany and Central and Eastern Europe. Von Dryander replaces Arne Wittig, who is joining ThyssenKrupp as general counsel on 1 October (5 July 2012). As well as becoming the regional general counsel, […]

GC of US copyright office to help music industry tackle online piracy

The long-standing general counsel of the US Copyright Office is to join music sector trade lobby the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as head of global policy from 24 September. Carson, who has been general counsel of the US Copyright Office since 1997, replaces former legal chief Shira Perlmutter, who joined IFPI from […]

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A&O, Freshfields and Simmons ink pre-pack sale to save Mouchel

Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have advised on the financial restructuring of public infrastructure group Mouchel, which involved the pre-pack sale of its assets to its lenders and management. Woking-headquartered Mouchel retained a Freshfields team led by finance partner Simon Johnson, corporate partner Farah Ispahani and restructuring partner Adam […]

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BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct

A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned. Portia O’Connor was the first barrister to become a partner in an LDP when she set up Pegasus Legal in 2010. But a Bar Standards Board (BSB) disciplinary tribunal convicted her of professional misconduct […]

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