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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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The fatal flaw of Claims Direct

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Knight puts tunnel project back on track

Bill Knight of Simmons & Simmons is leading a legal team which claims to have saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project from disaster. His team of up to 48 lawyers created structural and financial solutions over the summer that will allow Railtrack, a long-standing client, to acquire a stake in CTRL after it […]

Divorce laws ignore heart of the matter

Divorce law reform may speed up the process, but the emotional costs will be high, says Simone Katzenberg. Simone Katzenberg is a partner at Ross & Craig and author of the series The Seven Stages of Divorce – part four of which is due to be published on 12 November. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, […]

London faces legal aid 'chaos'

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has warned of legal aid “chaos” in London next month when a computerised system is introduced – following a catalogue of delay, non-payment and errors made by demoralised Legal Aid Board (LAB) staff throughout the country. The dramatic accusations, backed by the Law Society, come on the eve of […]

In brief: Martin Bowley QC

Due to a typing error it was incorrectly stated in Martin Bowley QC’s column last week that a 1 per cent levy on the Bar’s gross fee income would provide an award of £12m for 750 pupils. The figure should have been £12,500 for each of the 750 pupils.

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