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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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In brief: The International Tribunal

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is to hear its second-ever case. Australia and New Zealand claim Japan has failed to cooperate in the conservation of southern bluefin tuna stock. 3 Verulam Buildings, the London-based commercial set, has been instructed in both the cases to be heard by the tribunal.

It's been a bad week for….

The son of Lord Lucan, George Bingham. Lord Irvine has joined the ranks of those who believe Lord Lucan may still be alive. There have been several alleged sightings of Lord Lucan since his disappearance in 1974. This is bad news for Bingham, who is being denied a seat in the House of Lords after […]

In brief: The Council of the Bar

The Council of the Bar of Ireland has appointed Liam McKechnie as its chairman. McKechnie replaces John MacMenamin who has served as chairman for the past two years.

Richard Taylor on disclosure documents and open justice.

Richard Taylor is a partner at Stringer Saul Practitioners are familiar with the implied undertaking of parties to litigation that disclosed documents may not be used except for the purpose of that litigation. Familiar too is the rule that the implied undertaking ceases to apply where a document is read or referred to in open […]

Will merger reforms create red tape?

Alex Nourry, head of competition law, Clifford Chance John Davies, managing partner, Freshfields Garth Lindrup, partner, Addleshaw Booth & Co The government is attempting to shake up the UK merger market with major reforms. As part of a consultation document released last week, Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers hopes to make two main changes. […]

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