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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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Programme accuses court of self-interest

THE COURT of Appeal has been accused of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice. The charge has been levelled by the television programme Trial and Error following the rejection of an appeal by 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, who was convicted of murdering her elderly aunt. A petition will now be […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

Self-regulation under attack

House of Commons Select Committees have proved a useful constitutional innovation. They reveal what the Government, the Civil Service and the private sector think about a host of topical matters. Nevertheless, select committees have an in-built majority in favour of the governing party. What is most surprising about the Treasury Select Committee’s sixth report into […]

Keep SCB impartial, say advisers

COMPLAINTS handling should be as independent of the Law Society as possible, according to the Solicitors Complaints Bureau’s lay-dominated advisory committee. The bureau’s policy advisory committee has come out against Law Society president Martin Mears’ plans for its functions to be brought back in house. In its response to the Law Society’s consultation exercise on […]

Liverpool sets gear up for merger

John Malpas reports TWO of Liverpool’s oldest sets are to merge as a third celebrates the opening of a new wing. A busy period for chambers in Liverpool has culminated in the announcement of a merger between 14 Castle Street and 7 Queen Avenue. The merger, which both sets say will lead to an improved […]

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