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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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In brief: Roberts joins ethnic minority committee

Judge John H Roberts has been appointed a member of the ethnic minorities advisory committee of the Judicial Studies Board by the Lord Chancellor. Judge Roberts, a Northern Circuit judge since 1993, succeeds Judge Nicholas Medawar. The board approves judicial study programmes and the committee is one of five that carry out its work.

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The trend for mergers continues unabated. The two largest firms in Leicester – Harvey Ingram and Owstons – merged this month to form Harvey Ingram Owston, based at Harvey Ingram’s existing offices and now with 76 fee earners. One of the merged firm’s joint managers, Roger Bowder, says: “We plan to start providing some areas […]

Top Euro set looks to history for relaunch

John Malpas reports A LEADING European law set has discarded its traditional name in favour of a more distinctive title. Four Raymond Buildings has relaunched itself as Monckton Chambers, named after one of its founder members Sir Walter Monckton, who advised Edward VIII on his abdication. The name change coincides with Richard Fowler QC’s election […]

In brief: Lindsays chair gets top Scots post

The chair of Edinburgh firm Lindsays WS, John Elliot, has been appointed vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland. Elliot joined the society five years ago and was first elected to the council as a representative for the Edinburgh area in 1990. He was elected for a second three-year term in 1993. His appointment will […]

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Leeds firm Booth & Co has entered the world of open information with the publication of its accounts. The firm is mailing its 20-page review to clients and professional contacts in an effort to strengthen client relationships. Shoosmith & Harrison started the trend for openness some years ago when it produced a review of its […]

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