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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: Jonathan Bond

In last week’s story “Firms retain trainees as market picks up”, Allen & Overy graduate recruitment manager Jonathan Bond should have been quoted as saying demand for qualifying solicitors was highest in the corporate, banking and international capital markets areas, not the corporate, property and international capital sectors as printed.

Co-operation not litigation

I read with sadness the article regarding the year 2000 “time-bomb” in the 30 July issue of The Lawyer. While other markets are discussing with software companies and designers the solution to this problem, the legal fraternity seems to be promoting litigation. Yes, of course there is a problem. Without modification software will become chronologically […]

In brief: Home buyer insurance scheme

A Scottish solicitor has launched an insurance scheme for home buyers which he hopes will change the way the public buy legal services. The Home Buyer Legal Protection scheme of Raymond Connor, of Edinburgh firm Connor Malcolm, is underwritten by EuropAssistance and ensures that for a payment of £37.50, home buyers will have £25,000 of […]

Exchange lawyers in line for EC funds

The European Commission is proposing making £7.1 million (ECU8.8 million) available to groups of lawyers who want to go on foreign exchanges or seminars. Patrick Oliver, of the Law Society’s Brussels office, said: “This is a lot of money which could help English solicitors strengthen their ties with their continental colleagues. “The money would be […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 06/08/96

Basil Pearson Mellon, 70, admitted 1951, practised in partnership as Basil P Mellon & Co, Gateshead and Newcastle, struck off and ordered to pay £4,949 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and had been jailed for offences of dishonesty. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report revealed cash shortage on Mellon’s client […]

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