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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 Lawyer Inquiry: Damian Wells

What was your first job? Drawing white lines around corpses at the scenes of crimes. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Salary? You mean I can get paid for this? What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Midfield dynamo for Brazil, nationality notwithstanding. Which law could you live […]

In brief: TSG suggests replacement for LPC

A proposal by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group could see the Legal Practice Course pared down and some of its content transferred to the training contract. In its response to the review of legal education conducted by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (ACLEC), the TSG says the LPC should be cut […]

Labour puts legal issues high on conference agenda

LEGAL issues play a leading role at this week’s Labour Party conference in Brighton. The event will culminate with a debate on Labour’s Access to Justice policy paper and its planned radical reforms of the legal profession. On Sunday the Society of Labour Lawyers meets, with guest speakers Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, and […]

In brief: New Year start for ICI chief legal adviser

ICI has appointed a new general counsel. Michael Herlihy, currently taxation controller, will take up his new post on 1 January next year. He will be the company’s chief legal adviser with responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of legal and company secretarial services throughout the group. The assistant company secretary Ken Rushton will become company […]

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