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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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As with many areas of law practice, it is critical for the right person to be dealing with the right job. While this firm’s asset recovery and consumer credit department is computerised in relation to its straightforward debt actions, certain aspects of the debt recovery process simply do not require qualified lawyers to be involved […]

Woolf 'grasps nettle' of civil reforms

LORD Woolf has called on the Government to hand pick a top judge to overhaul the civil justice system in England and Wales. The proposed appointment of a head of civil justice is among a raft of reforms suggested by the Law Lord in his interim report on access to justice. Woolf, who has ruled […]

Ev'ry time we say goodbye

Once you are labelled as an unproductive partner, it is only a question of time before you depart. Many firms have 30 April as their year end, and the decision to part company, if not the actuality of departure, tends to be made at that time, if only for the sake of tidiness. In those […]

Barnes urges curbs on fees

LEGAL SERVICES Ombudsman Michael Barnes has called for the introduction of a new solicitors’ fee at cost or below to curb soaring legal bills for private clients. He wants the rate to take effect after an action has overrun a time threshold which would be agreed at the opening of the action. The measure would […]

Cash on delivery

In December 1993, a survey carried out by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave revealed that small to medium-sized companies viewed late payment of debts as less of a problem than in the late 1980s. Respondents cited two reasons for the improvement: their own tighter debt recovery procedures and their use of a professional debt recovery service. However, […]

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