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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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The Law Society has complained to the Zambian President Frederick Chiluba about the treatment of lawyer Rodger Chambwe. Chambwe has been forced to live outside his country as a result of his political activities. He was allegedly subject to intimidation including an assassination attempt in August last year. The International Bar Association has also registered […]

Pro bono group to confront Hoon

The Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), will confront Geoff Hoon this week over Lord Irvine’s proposed 75 per cent success barrier for lawyers seeking legal aid for their clients. Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, who is responsible for overseeing Irvine’s reforms on legal aid, will meet the SPBG’s director, Peta Sweet, […]

A profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]

Army raises defences over alleged racism

A case of major significance over alleged bullying and racial harassment in the armed forces is set to return to the High Court on 30 January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was engaged in a two-day legal offensive last week before Deputy Judge Griffith Williams QC in a bid to block moves by an ex-marine […]

A welcome delay

The news that the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), is having second thoughts about aspects of the Civil and Legal Aid reforms will be welcomed by all concerned. From the beginning, it was agreed by the key players (except the LCD) that the April deadline was unrealistic. All those engaged in dialogue with the LCD felt […]

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