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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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QBD jury cases pending

Pending jury trials in the Queen’s Bench Division include: Flavin v Gould; Brown v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis; Christie v News Group Newspapers; Executive Telecommunications v British Telecommunications; Ludford v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. All cases are marked to be heard not before the new legal term on 16 April.

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.

Kathryn Birchwood finds an anomaly in security for costs.

Kathryn Birchwood is an assistant solicitor in the litigation department at Travers Smith Braithwaite. In Condliffe v Hislop (1996), the Court of Appeal had to consider whether an order for security for costs should be made against a bankrupt individual plaintiff on the grounds that the action was being maintained by his mother. The court […]

President pulls plug on group

THE PRESIDENTIAL working party dedicated to stemming the flow of trainee solicitors has been disbanded due to “internal divisions”. Martin Mears, the president of the Law Society, has written to group members saying it could do no further useful work. “It is clear from the communications I have received from some members of the working […]

Bank opens lawyers' eyes to new VCT funds

Small businesses will be able to draw on funds from eight new venture capital trusts launched in the last fortnight. Merchant bank Guinness Mahon, which has raised £9 million for one of the new trusts, said lawyers advising smaller companies should be aware about “this important new source of venture capital”. Venture capital trusts were […]

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