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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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Private finance, public info

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In brief: DPP stands up for the jury system

DAME Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, defended the jury system during a speech to students at BPP Law School last week. The former head of the Serious Fraud Office said there had been very few occasions when she had not been able to understand why a jury had come to a decision […]

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Equal Opportunities Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl faces a surprise fight for the Law Society deputy vice-presidency with a Martin Mears ally. David Keating – who last year made an unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidency as Martin Mears’ running mate – threw his hat into the ring last week, claiming Bahl would be unable to adequately […]

Surely it is time for self-regulation to end?

The Fabian Society – that respected think-tank thought to have Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ear – wants the regulation of solicitors and barristers to be taken over by independent bodies. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) should be abolished. So long as client complaint handling is linked to the Law Society, the Fabian […]

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