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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 College of Law wants to open campuses outside the UK according to chief executive Nigel Savage. “I think eventually the college will be looking to establish colleges overseas. Legal practice is becoming global, therefore legal education needs to become global,” he said. His comments came as the college unveiled a multimillion-pound strategic plan which […]

The Spanish monster prepares for Europe

Last year, respected Spanish firm J&A Garrigues invited leading firms across Europe, including Simmons & Simmons from the UK, to mark the 30th year of the Club de Abogados – “the first European club of lawyers” – which the Spanish firm helped set up. But founding partner Antonio Garrigues stresses the “club was set up […]

Helping out with HIV

The publication of Professor Avrom Sherr’s finding that a large number of lawyers have experience of acting for clients with the HIV virus or AIDS (The Lawyer, 4 February) is welcome, but not entirely unexpected. Recognition of the diverse areas of practice which can be relevant to people affected by HIV or AIDS is also […]

Irish government attacks A&L Goodbody on fees

A top ranking Irish law firm is refusing to reveal its hourly rates in a clash with the Government over the £3.19m it was awarded in legal fees following a tribunal lasting more than 200 days. A&L Goodbody was awarded the costs by the Taxing Master of the High Court for representing meat processing company […]

Malkin Janners damage claim collapses in the Appeal Court

A former partner in short-lived City firm Malkin Janners has failed in the Court of Appeal with his claim for damages against 10 of his previous partners, seven years after the firm fell apart. However, Robert Hurst has not ruled out taking the case to the House of Lords, if his current attempts at negotiations […]

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