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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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SCB throws out conduct complaint

John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who filed complaints of unethical conduct against a barrister and a solicitors’ firm following a libel action has lost round one of his fight. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau’s primary investigation unit has rejected Peter Cotterell’s complaint that Macfarlanes pursued an unmeritorious libel action against him (see The Lawyer 4 April). […]

A Guide to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

Don’t leave home without one – but which one of the several new commentaries on this complex, controversial and varied Act? By now, if not before, all criminal practitioners will be confronted by the need to have ready access to the actual text of the Act whether at court, the police station or advising elsewhere. […]

Tailormade for lawyers

I was pleased to see Legal & General considering a unit to deal with solicitors and accountants (The Lawyer 14 March). Allied Dunbar established such a unit last year and I can confirm that the legal profession does have different methods of working to those of the IFA market and that a tailored service for […]

In brief: Jones sets CCT date forward six months

Compulsory competitive tendering will be brought forward by six months in authorities not undergoing reorganisation, putting legal services on the market by 1 October 1997. Environment Minister Robert Jones says his department sent a consultation paper to English local authorities which proposed bringing forward the implementation of CCT by up to one year from the […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 11/07/95

Farmer Gary Coomber is seeking compensation over what he claims are the effects of toxic sheep dip. Coomber, of Headcorn, Maidstone, Kent, is suing Young’s Animal Health, of Glasgow, and Mallinckrodt Veterinary of South Harefield, Uxbridge. His writ claims he suffered illness, including myocarditis and heart disease, as a result of exposure to sheep dip […]

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