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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 solicitors set to challenge threat to client confidentiality

Dublin solicitors are threatening to judicially review the Irish Minister of Justice, John O’Donoghue, for his “draconian” proposals that would force solicitors to report their clients for suspected criminal activity. The incoming chair of the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association, Hugh O’Neill, said that unless the Irish Minister of Justice’s proposal to extend the law against […]

Good news for the over-worked

…but bad news for firms? Georgina Keane looks at new legislation that could end the long hours worked by lawyers. Georgina Keane is head of em-ployment at Richards Butler. From 1 October all employers, including solicitors, are under an obligation to comply with new working time regulations. Inexplicably, the regulations, issued on 30 July, only […]

Mavericks set up niche employment firm

Former Warner Cranston lawyers David Warner and Michael Jones are to set up their own niche employment firm, Jones & Warner, and aim to employ lawyers who want to work part-time and from home. Warner founded Warner Cranston, and retired in April 1997. Jones, a barrister, founded the firm’s advocacy department five years ago but […]

SFO must share delay blame

Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials – reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Edward George Nugee TD QC

Born in Surrey in 1928. He has been head of Wilberforce Chambers since 1976.What was your first job? After university I taught for a year at a prep school – maths, history, English, geography and Greek. If not a lawyer, what is your ideal job? I can’t think of anything more satisfying than 40 years […]

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