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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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Polygram takes action against Hungarians over failed tender

SJ BERWIN and US firm Shearman & Sterling are advising record label Polygram on possible action against the Hungarian government after the company was allegedly discriminated against in a privatisation bid. Polygram claims it was shut out of the privatisation offer involving Hungary’s state-owned record company in favour of a local company. Polygram lost out […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/08/95

ROBERT JAMES COOLES, 47, admitted 1971, practised in partnership with Abbott Cresswell, London SW14, suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,728 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money and failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s reports revealed client account shortfall of £285,637. Tribunal said Cooles had paid […]

Court Service tackles appeals backlog

THE COURT Service has slashed waiting times for criminal appeals through the efforts of court staff and the use of extra judges and information technology. The latest figures from the Criminal Appeal Office show that at the end of June 1995 the average waiting time for conviction appeals had been reduced to 10.3 months, compared […]

New Building plans for Booth & Co

Plans for the future: major Leeds practice Booth & Co has released drawings of its proposed new office building to be known as Sovereign House. The 80,000 sq ft office is to be built next to the city’s inner relief road and will put the firm in the company of other recent arrivals such as […]

Deepak Singh finds a criminal doesn't always forfeit all rights

The desire to strip convicted offenders from the benefit of their unlawful activities led Parliament to pass the draconian provisions of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 and part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA) which enables courts to make orders to confiscate amounts equal to the value of the benefit derived from […]

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