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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: Susan Ward elected as new Bacfi chair

Bacfi the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry has elected Susan Ward, in-house counsel at the banking body APACS, as its chair. Ward (pictured), who takes over from Express Newspapers legal adviser Stephen Bacon, called for a lifting of all the restrictions preventing in-house lawyers from appearing in the higher courts.

In brief: Harman resigns after Court of Appeal ruling

Notorious High Court judge, Mr Justice Harman, has resigned following after the Court of Appeal said his 20-month delay in giving judgment in a case “cannot and will not be tolerated”. It is thought to be the first time a High Court judge has resigned in such circumstances and a sign of a crackdown on […]

Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a “watershed” for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers. In Thursday’s judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to […]

Montreal merger

Two of Montreal’s leading law firms – McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais – have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city’s largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm – McMaster Gervais – will take on Mackenzie Gervais’ membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin […]

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Application for habeas corpus

Leave has been given by the House of Lords for Nashwan Dawood Ismail, who is wanted in Germany to answer charges of alleged fraudulent investment schemes in Germany and Switzerland, to appeal against dismissal of his High Court application in July for habeas corpus. Ismail is awaiting the Home Secretary’s decision on whether he should […]

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