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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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Cardiff lawyer joins Welsh ombudsman

Nicole Maley reports CARDIFF City council lawyer Geoff Jones has left local authority legal services to take up a post with the Local Government Ombudsman’s office in Wales. Jones, who qualified as a solicitor with the council in 1988, started as an investigator with the Bridgend office last month. Jones says he took the job […]

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Doing the right thing

I am aware that the legal profession is seriously affected by the current recession and that many students who have passed the LSF or LPC have been unable to secure training contracts. The situation is even grimmer if you are a black woman – like myself. Sometimes firms ask you to attach a passport-sized photo […]

In brief: Property expert joins Hobson Audley

Former DJ Freeman partner Godfrey Bruce-Radcliffe has joined City firm Hobson Audley as partner and head of property. He will be responsible for the continuing development of Hobson Audley’s industrial and commercial property practice. At DJ Freeman he was one of the founders of the firm’s development partnership consultancy, which provided expertise on property development […]

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