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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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A Manchester cost-reduction specialist claims that he has successfully pursued a substantial number of claims for law firms for overcharging by monopoly legal postal service Hays DX. BCR Associates director David Ballard says Hays DX has paid tens of thousands of pounds in rebates to law firms in the last five years. He says that […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz MP was born in in South Yemen in 1956. He is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General and MP to Leicester East. What was your first job? Sales assistant, household goods, Dickens & Jones, aged 16. What subject(s) did you fail at school? All science subjects. What was your first ever […]

PwC plots City firm takeover

The world’s biggest accountancy group, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is understood to be planning to buy a medium-sized City law firm this year as part of its plans to be a top five international law firm. Gerard Nicolay, global leader of PwC’s legal network, says he wants the group’s London practice to have 400 to 500 lawyers […]

In-house calls the shots

Since the end of the recession – a watershed period for legal businesses – in-house lawyers have called the shots on fees. Private practices were bending over backwards to provide companies with competitively-priced services. But they weren’t bending far enough, according to the findings of our survey. Fees are still a big bone of contention. […]

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