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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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Irvine provides surprise reform U-turn

THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, delighted the profession last week by finally admitting the folly of his plans to withdraw legal aid from personal injury cases this year. In a retreat from the original reform timetable, Lord Irvine said that the legal aid system would remain intact until October 1999 at least. Withdrawal of legal […]

Two more aviation specialists take off from 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation set 5 Bell Yard has lost two more aviation specialists, bringing the number of departures this year to five. Andrew Lydiard joined rival set Brick Court Chambers last week while aviation specialist Philip Reed is joining Norton Rose’s commercial litigation team this week. In February Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah went to […]

Law Society at the crossroads

Another year and another Law Society presidential election. But although those elected may change, the attitudes of the profession do not. Inertia and apathy rules amongst the electorate which simply cannot see a reason to tick a box and give the presidential candidates a mandate. The problem facing the new team is the same one […]

London solicitor jailed for bribes

A London solicitor who bribed an Inland Revenue official to help him track down his clients’ debtors has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. At the Old Bailey on 10 July, John Cornillie admitted conspiracy to bribe a public officer and cheating the Inland Revenue of £11,265 by giving untaxed money to staff at his firm, […]

SIF reinsurance will mean further rise in contributions

Contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) are set to rise again after the Law Society Council voted last week to buy reinsurance at a cost of £5m. The move will increase firms’ contributions by 2 per cent from September – on top of any rises due to risk banding – but it will protect […]

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