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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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Law school chums unite to fundraise for Aids education

A group of law school friends have taken the idea of pro bono one step further and set up a charity to help develop awareness of Aids in developing nations. The Hope Education Trust was set up in 2003 by Charles Russell property partner Ian Cooke, managing director of BPP Law School Leeds Jonathan Haines […]

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EEF undertakes the legal work of large businesses but is structured like a trade union. Joanne Harris reports on an employment lawyer’s Shangri-la Peter Schofield, explaining the work of the well-kept but flourishing secret that is EEF, says: “We’re an odd mix – a bit in-house, a bit like a law firm.” EEF started life […]

EU’s directive on unfair commercial practices lobbied for change

An alliance of three global business organisations has called for widespread changes to the EU’s proposed directive on unfair commercial practices, saying the current draft “undermines legal certainty and confidence in cross-border trade”. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Eurocommerce and EU organisation Unice have called on the European Parliament to substantially amend the directive . […]

Ofgem panel places up for grabs in massive rejig

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has launched a full-scale review of its external legal panel. According to well-placed sources, firms, including those not on the existing panel, were asked to submit their tender documents to Ofgem earlier this month. The regulator’s current legal panel comprises Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, […]

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