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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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Court backs firm against interference from police

A High Court ruling has been hailed as a major step in reinforcing the rights of solicitors. Lord Justice Balcombe and Mr Justice Buxton last week found a Metropolitan Police detective guilty of contempt for obstructing London firm JD Spicer & Co in its attempt to trace possible alibi evidence for a client facing a […]

Surveyors to put pressure on OFT over Law Society ruling on MDPs

SURVEYORS are once again to lobby the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in a new bid to force the Law Society to drop its rule banning multi-disciplinary partnerships for its members. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the professional body for surveyors, says that many of its members and their clients in the property […]

Back again to the drawing board

Rights of audience for employed solicitors is looking rather shaky after the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (ACLEC) rejected the extension of such rights. The “No” comes despite the rebuilding of ACLEC and the replacement of many of those who are opposed to the Law Society/CPS/Government Legal Service proposals on rights […]

In brief: Elliott & Co squashes Freeman rumours

Elliott & Company has denied merger rumours linking it with City practice DJ Freeman. Senior partner Geoffrey Lord says the claims probably originated out of a social meeting between himself and Freeman’s head of insurance David Kendall, but he insists there is no truth behind them. But he says if Freemans, “a very highly thought-of […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/07/95

RICHARD WILLIAM HILL, admitted 1979, practising at material time as Hill and Co, Tooting, London, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £607.73 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly used client funds for purposes of himself and other clients, wrongly withdrew money from client account. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report of April 1994 revealed numerous bookkeeping errors […]

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