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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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Irish rage as public picks up £7m bill

The award of almost IR£7 million in fees to a legal team which represented a company at the centre of a judicial inquiry into the Irish meat industry has provoked a storm of protest in Eire. Senior counsel Dermot Gleeson, who led a team representing Goodman International at the inquiry, has been awarded fees of […]

Exporters air their beef about exclusion

Judgment is now pending in a case which could decide the fate of several major UK beef exporters. Mr Justice Laws has been told that the future of exporters responsible for up to 40 per cent of UK beef exports hinges on his decision in a challenge to the Government’s stance on those entitled to […]

Vaudreys closes department as two family lawyers defect

Manchester firm Vaudreys has closed its family law department following the departure of its two family practitioners to neighbouring firm Lace Mawer. Vaudreys assumed Caroline Bor and Sally Merry would take most of their clients with them and so decided to close shop. Their move also co incides with the departure of the firm’s corporate […]

No meeting of minds on club

MANCHESTER lawyers are debating this week whether to continue meeting in a club that excludes women members. The debate, which falls as solicitors across the country gather in the city for the Solicitors Annual Conference, has been forced by Oldham personal injury lawyer Carol Hepworth. She thinks the society should stop using the 19th century […]

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