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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, […]

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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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Richard Gibbs’ client has been acquitted in a case where the defendant and two others where charged with a £1.7m conspiracy to evade tax on the importation of tobacco. HMRC seized the tobacco in the form of cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco from addresses in Wolverhampton during 2012 and 2013. Shahab Ali, represented by Gibbs, has been found not […]

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Sterling a major concern for robust UK manufacturing sector, says Eversheds

Robin Johnson, partner and head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the latest UK industrial production figures: ‘While the figures indicate a slowing in the recovery, in reality UK manufacturing is still robust and confidence in the medium term remains strong.’ He added: ‘The strength of sterling is a major concern, with several […]

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