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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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Quality standards: help or hindrance?

Rodney Evans believes that the application of properly structured quality standards to the Bar could improve service, but warns that not all sets will agree. Rodney Evans is a principal consultant with Austin Hall Management Consultants. At the recent conference of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks, Daniel Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, spoke […]

An annus mirabilis

Champagne corks are popping for those firms posting record profits, but Philip Hoult and Robert Lindsay wonder whether a hangover is in the offing. Law firms will look back on the 1997/1998 financial year as a halcyon period. Amazingly, nearly every firm in The Lawyer Top 50 broke its record for both turnover and profitability. […]

Irish theme pub given licence to appeal

Roger Pearson reports on how an upcoming judicial review could see the theme pub making even further inroads in the UK. Harrods loses fight over name m Knightsbridge store Harrods has failed in the final round of the legal battle, reported in The Lawyer (17 December 1996), in which it sought to prevent Harrods (Buenos […]

Pension problems under scrutiny

Christopher Fitton and Andrew Long on the latest pensions mis-selling review. Christopher Fitton is a solicitor and Andrew Long a partner at Pinsent Curtis. On 13 August the financial services regulators launched Phase II of the Review of Past Pension Business. This low-key, eight-line press release attracted little coverage, but its implications will be massive. […]

Building society goes to Lords

The West Bromwich Building Society has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords in a key battle over home income plans. The Court of Appeal ruling in February, which is under challenge, centres on a long-running dispute over home income plans, promoted in the 1980s, and the liability of solicitors who carried […]

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