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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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In brief: Ex-military man takes helm at Titmuss

Titmuss Sainer Dechert has appointed Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC as its chief executive. Sir Peter, a retired lieutenant general, will work with a non-executive board. His day-to-day role will be supported by the firm’s team of functional heads and he will work with the partners in charge of each of the business departments. […]

Nick Bradley finds a test case where syntax is all important.

Nicholas Bradley is a partner in the insurance and reinsurance unit at Davies Arnold Cooper.On 25 October, the Court of Appeal upheld by a majority of two to one a High Court ruling in the key insurance case of Charter Reinsurance Company v Patrick Feltrim Fagan in a standard form excess of loss reinsurance contract […]

IT helps trace patterns of crime

Computerised crime anal-ysis is an important technique to help police tackle crime and criminals, according to a Home Office report. The report details the ways information technology systems can be set up and used to provide vital information on the patterns of crime in a particular area. The report guides police on local crime analysis […]

Taming of the hired guns

In the context of Lord Woolf’s other recommendations for the civil justice system published in Access to Justice, the proposals for the use of experts look modest. But they could have a big impact on how experts do forensic work. The interim report identified the problems of cost, delay and complexity. These, especially cost, are […]

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IBA representatives and Bar leaders from 14 African countries met with South African president Nelson Mandela on the eve of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in New Zealand. Mandela, who cancelled plans to deliver the IBA Section on Business Law’s 25th anniversary lecture to attend the conference, met with representatives including IBA president […]

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