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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 an unprecedented move, the fate of former Labour MP Fiona Jones (left) – whose conviction for submitting misleading expenses claims has been quashed by the High Court – is to be decided in court, not Parliament. Speaker Betty Boothroyd is instructing the Attorney-General to apply to the High Court for a ruling. Jones lost […]

Magistrates courts break health and safety laws

Nearly two thirds of magistrates courts are breaking health and safety laws, a new survey reveals. The survey by the Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO) of almost 300 courts in England and Wales reveals that 64 per cent of courts have not carried out any risk assessment, which they have been legally required to do […]

Davis Blank merges with Rupert Wood

North-west law firm Davis Blank Furniss is to take over an Ashton-under-Lyme practice. The firm, which has offices in Manchester and Derbyshire, is to merge with Rupert Wood & Son, taking its number of partners to 14. Senior partner at Davis Blank, Peter Heginbotham, says that the Rupert Wood office lay in-between his firm’s two […]

Beachcrofts offers performance-fees

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is launching what it claims to be a ground-breaking offer to clients to tie fees to performance in fast-track dispute resolution. The firm, which launches this week following the merger of Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, says it will be the first firm to link fees to speed of settlement of insurance […]

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