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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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Litigation Personal Injury 27/08/96

Miller v Ryder – QBD 16 July 1996 Claimant: Ian Daniel Miller, 3Incident: Fatal road traffic accident Injuries: Claim brought by widow of dead man on behalf of herself and her two sons who were aged 22 months and six years when their father was killed in a 1991 car crash Award: £250,000 agreed damages […]

There's no smoke without fire

However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously. Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen’s Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a […]

'I've worked with doctors. I'm used to dealing with egos'

When the appointment of Jane Betts as secretary general of the Law Society was announced, you could almost hear the muttered chorus of “Who is she?” rising from the corridors of Chancery Lane. From the point of view of the Old Guard, and probably the several internal candidates who had been after the job, she […]

Groups clash over sentencing

A CONTROVERSIAL report by the national probation officers’ group recommending the restriction of magistrates’ sentencing powers has been undermined after chief probation officers described it as “untenable”. The Association of Chief Officers of Probation (Acop) has backed the Magistrates Association in rebutting a report by the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo), the trade union […]

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