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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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MEPs push for unity on home title

THE EUROPEAN Parliament has warned member state professions to find common ground over rights of establishment or face a ruling from on high. MEPs have recommended that the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) reaches an agreed position on the issue at its plenary session in Dresden next month. If […]

Making your name

Law firms are relatively new to the world of commercial sponsorship, but it certainly has a significant role in their marketing and promotional activities. Frequently sponsorship is confused with patronage. The two are not the same. Sponsorship offers some form of commercial benefit to all the parties concerned. As law firms, especially larger ones, continue […]

In brief: Herbert Smith rewarded for pro bono work

City firm Herbert Smith has won a Corporation of London Dragon Award for its community action programmes. The awards, sponsored by the corporation in association with Carlton Television, recognise the initiatives made by businesses toward improving community life. Herbert Smith was honoured for its wide-ranging pro bono work which includes running a children’s hospital radio […]

'Chain' divorces pull in more lawyers

SOLICITOR involvement in Jewish divorce cases may be increasing the number of people “chained” to their spouses by ancient religious laws. Some sources believe the trend has weakened the ability of Rabbis to find amicable solutions when one party – usually the husband – refuses to grant the “get” or final bill of divorce. The […]

A case worthy of further consideration

Veterinary surgeon Ryan James who is serving life for the murder of his wife is expected to appear in the Court of Criminal Appeal shortly to challenge his conviction. James was said to have killed his 39-year-old wife Sandra by lacing her orange juice with a drug used to put horses to sleep. Lord Justice […]

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