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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 CONSUMERS’ Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice. But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of […]

Dibbs celebrates 'gilt-edged' deal

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come through a seven-month tendering process to win a one-year contract as employment law advisers to the Government’s Employment Service. The contract, which starts on 6 November, will involve the provision of policy advice on staff terms and conditions but the firm has also been signed to litigate on behalf of […]

DoE tour pushes tendering drive

THE LEGAL implications of competitive tendering are among the issues to be discussed at a series of seminars organised by the Department of the Environment. Seven events have been arranged across the country to explain the legislative and political context of the contracting out drive. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford said the seminars will include […]

Labour vows to end legal 'gravy train'

Labour will legislate to force controversial changes to lawyers’ practices if the Law Society attempts to derail them. That was the warning legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP delivered to Law Society president Martin Mears and his ‘profession first’ programme at last week’s Brighton conference. “There is no vested interest that Labour is not prepared […]

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