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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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CPS set for nationwide email system in efficiency drive

Pilot electronic mail (email) systems are to be introduced in the Hampshire and Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service offices this month. The initiative is part of a major project to co-ordinate IT throughout the criminal justice system. CPS IT manager Roger Barbour says the project is the first step toward a comprehensive CPS email service which […]

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I am afraid that John Lymbury’s letter which appeared in The Lawyer 27 March evades the real issues. It is precisely because it is “an official Group” that the Sole Practitioners Group cannot accept solicitors who are not members of the Law Society. It is also because it has chosen to be entirely dependent on […]

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OFFICIAL Referee Judge Bowsher QC is running a pilot scheme to hear summonses by telephone. The scheme, which was suggested by Lord Woolf, is only available to solicitors whose case is in the list of the Official Referee. To comply, all the parties have to agree to be heard over the telephone and at least […]

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