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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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Bath practice breaks up as Bristol merger talks stall

BATH firm Macfarlane Guy is to break up in a three-way split this month after merger talks with a Bristol practice failed at the eleventh hour. The firm’s break up has been prompted by Bristol practice Sansbury Hill’s unexpected decision to pull out of the talks at a late stage, according to senior partner Michael […]

Alison Laferla reports from The Lawyer's Ninth Annual Conference on Information Systems

Lawyers should seize the opportunity to provide legal information on the World Wide Web or they will lose out to the competition, legal IT expert Richard Susskind has warned. Susskind, a special adviser to Masons and author of the Future of Law, was speaking at The Lawyer’s ninth annual conference on information systems for the […]

Polish law stalled

The final text of draft legislation which may impose crippling restrictions on foreign lawyers in Poland is still uncertain after weeks of lobbying by various bodies. The Polish parliament had been expected to vote on the finalised draft on 22 January, but instead it handed it back to the parliamentary commission which was initially responsible […]

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Taylor v West Kent Health Authority – QB 14 February 1997 Claimant: Paul Taylor, Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Widower’s claim over death of his wife, 33-year-old mother of four, who died of cancer 23 December 1991. Family had claimed £200,000 damages in respect of failure to diagnose cancer after checks following discovery of lump in […]

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