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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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DoE awards Dibbs PFI contracts

Dibb Lupton Alsop is masterminding PFI projects for the Department of Education (DoE) in Northern Ireland. The firm has advised the DoE on a PFI-funded school in Dungannon, plus the provision of accommodation and services at a college in Londonderry. Four other PFI projects in the province are in the pipeline, all of which will […]

Employed barristers deserve justice

Last year the Lord Chancellor introduced the Access to Justice Bill, saying it “would remove unnecessary restrictions…which prevent employed barristers and most solicitors from appearing in the higher courts”. Lord Mackay said much the same in 1990. Both sets of proposals were vigorously opposed by the Bar Council, anxious to protect the interests of barristers […]

Merging US law firms form global IP giant

Two US firms are merging to form the world’s biggest IP practice, and the new firm’s next target will be Europe. Washington DC-based Howrey & Simon and Houston IP firm Arnold White & Durkee will join forces on 1 January 2000. The 470-lawyer merged firm will boast a team of 250 IP lawyers, which is […]

Rozenberg

The curse of Pinochet still casts a long shadow over the British legal system. Lord Browne-Wilkinson may prove to have been the first of its victims. It fell to the senior Law Lord to announce last December that Lord Hoffmann, a fellow Law Lord who had taken part in the original extradition appeal without disclosing […]

Square Mile

For competition law practitioners and their clients, the next decade will be one of challenge and change. The internationalisation of competition law is upon us. The global economy, mega-mergers and the spread of antitrust regimes around the world means that the time has come for a new type of practitioner and client service. Awareness of […]

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