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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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Computer copyright proposals 'unfair'

COMPUTER lawyers have given a cool response to plans for new copyright laws to be put before the Department of Trade and Industry this week. The proposals aimed at controlling the use of protected material on the Internet have been criticised as “unfair” and “unworkable”. Plans for a “transmission right” to ensure copyright owners receive […]

Lawyers say Banda won't get 'fair' trial

LAWYERS defending Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, former president of Malawi, have raised serious doubts over whether he or other defendants charged with the 1983 murders of four politicians will ever receive a fair trial. Memery Crystal partners Bernard Clarke and Harvey Rands, who were instructed to act for Banda and two of the five other […]

Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives. These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state […]

In brief: Firm opts for youth due to 'radical change'

Birmingham firm Lee Crowder has deliberately appointed a younger partner to the senior partner post in recognition, it says, of the “radical change” the profession has undergone over the last 10 years. Commercial lawyer Stephen Gilmore, 39, succeeds John Baron who retired from partnership on 31 March.

Dinner ladies 'victims of discrimination'

NORTH Yorkshire County Council discriminated against three dinner ladies by refusing to pay them salaries on a par with male counterparts, the House of Lords ruled last week. The women, who won their appeal before Lords Slynn, Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Steyn, were chosen by their union Unison as test cases for 1,300 colleagues who […]

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