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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, […]

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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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Dentons switch on

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In brief: Working party to study appointment policy

Following an internal review of the appointment of counsel to act for the government in civil cases details of which were revealed in The Lawyer last week the Attorney General, John Morris QC, has set up a working party to look into the matter, chaired by the Solicitor General, Lord Falconer QC.

'Smart card' system appeal

Leave has been granted for an appeal in the case of a water payment system which was under High Court challenge in December last year. On 20 February Mr Justice Harrison ruled that a ‘smart card’ system, whereby users can have their water supply cut off automatically, was illegal. If his decision is upheld 21,000 […]

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