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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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BP chops in-house legal team

Up to 20 per cent of BP’s in-house lawyers are to be axed over the next couple of months as a result of the £67.5bn merger with Amoco completed late last year. BP is planning to cut its legal department, which employs over 340 lawyers worldwide. Peter Bevan, head of BP’s legal department, says: “The […]

Marketing does not add value to service – or reputation

Many City firms are facing the coming year with fear and trepidation. The managing partners of most medium-sized firms risk losing a large number of clients to the bigger firms and, as such, the prospect of merging has become increasingly more attractive. Some firms have already indicated that they intend to fight their corner by […]

SPC chief blames delays on sabotage

The beleaguered Solicitors Property Centre Network Services (SPCNS) is nearly out of money and it claims that attempts to launch the first Solicitors Property Centre (SPC) in England were sabotaged by estate agencies. SPCNS director Tony Bogan says that the first SPC – which will offer a property selling service in house – would have […]

Swapping law for crocodiles

A trainee solicitor-cum-Crocodile Dundee adventurer has given new hope to those wanting to opt out of the law. Twenty four-year-old Abigail Wilkinson of Solihull gave up her traineeship at a Birmingham firm where she aimed to specialise in EU law, because she found it “boring”. Wilkinson then went backpacking in the Australian outback, fell overboard […]

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