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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: Labour pledges to increase CPS success

The Labour Party has pledged to reform the Crown Prosecution Service “to increase its effectiveness in securing convictions” in a manifesto unveiled last week. Measures to stamp out crime feature heavily in the policy document The Road to the Manifesto. Labour promises a system of fast track punishment for persistent offenders by halving the time […]

In brief: Scots gain rights of confiscation

Scottish courts have new powers to confiscate property under the Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995. The provisions, which came into force at the start of this month, allow Scottish courts to confiscate any property obtained through a serious criminal offence. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MP, minister of state with responsibility for home affairs at the […]

In brief: Thieving solicitor has sentence cut

A Sussex solicitor who stole over £5 million of clients’ money had his sentence cut from 10 years to eight by the Criminal Appeal Court last week. Graham Maurice Durnford Ford, 53, from Battle in East Sussex, was sentenced to 10 years last December on 10 sample counts of theft. Hastings firm Durnford Ford collapsed […]

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