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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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Clearing up environmental waste matter

A leading Kent waste recycling company has won the right to mount a High Court challenge over implementation of EU laws aimed at protecting the environment. The case is to be heard as a matter of urgency and is expected to reach court before the start of the summer vacation. At the centre of the […]

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The buzz words circulating in chancery chambers these days are ‘bus- iness law’ and ‘financial law’. These denominations are well justified by the work actually being done. Even the property and trusts experts are focusing their marketing strategies on the business community. It is now well understood that the Chancery Division is a commercial court. […]

Students suffer as Pach fiasco leaves 300 empty pupillages

MORE than 300 pupillages have been left unfilled by the Bar Council’s pupillage clearing house system Pach, leading to fears among students that the scheme has dramatically reduced the number of places that are on offer. The Pach scheme was designed to bring order to the annual pupillage free-for-all, but its failure to allocate 320 […]

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A barrister’s lot in the regions is not always a happy one. One practitioner says: “It is a chicken-and-egg situation. Counsel argue that we do not have to go to London to instruct barristers as they have the necessary expertise, but if no-one instructs the local Bar, how do they get sufficient specialist experience to […]

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