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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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Minimum salary stays despite opposition

The mandatory minimum salary for trainee solicitors – £10,850 or £12,150 in central London – is to be maintained despite the objections of 70 per cent of the respondents to a consultation paper sent out to the profession. The Law Society council voted by a large majority last Thursday to maintain the minimum salary and […]

The year of discontent

Things were starting to look up in 1996. UK law firms reportedly made more money this year than ever before thanks to a strong economy. But despite the fact that assistant solicitors’ salaries increased by 5 to 10 per cent and top firms appointed more partners than usual, the profession was rife with discontent. A […]

Robert Wegenek on the protection of TV programme formats.

The DTI recently announced that it will not seek to extend copyright protection to television programme formats. This was welcomed by the advertising industry trade press. The effect of the DTI statement is to retain the status quo which, legally, is not particularly favourable to advertisers. Neither parody nor satire is a defence to an […]

Property

Fladgate Fielder acted for Regal Hotel Group in its £64.5m purchase of 13 hotels from Whitbread, represented by Field Fisher Waterhouse. Freshfields advised Salomon Brothers, which gave financing, and Gouldens acted for Guinness Mahon, which underwrote an equity placing for Regal to part-finance the deal.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/06/97

Robert Ian Corteen, 42, admitted 1985, practising at material time in partnership of Lewis & Dick of Ewell and Sutton, struck off and ordered to pay £980 costs. Allegations substantiated he was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in July 1996 of 10 counts of procuring execution of a valuable security by deception, and was jailed […]

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