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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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The Crown Prosecution Service, which this week was attacked for allowing people facing charges to go free because of errors. The CPS inspectorate found that in some cases the accused had to be released because lawyers had miscalculated how long they could be held, and that one in four charge sheets prepared by CPS lawyers […]

Fee incomes and profits slowdown sends warning signal to law firms

Despite firms recording bumper fee incomes, a report reveals worrying trends. Ryan Dunleavy reports. Ineffectual managment and clients demanding lower fees and better service are beginning to affect law firm profitability, according to a survey published by The Lawyer and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The underlying trend for law firms’ profits and fee income shows that increases have […]

Minicab group VAT case heads for Lords

Roger Pearson reports on a long-running wrangle over an Eastbourne association’s bid to be exempt from VAT payments. An Eastbourne car hire communications network is at the centre of a complex and long-running VAT test case that is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given the Eastbourne Town Radio Cars […]

Skadden Arps poaches CC partner

Clifford Chance securities partner Rick Ely is joining the London office of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. A Clifford Chance spokesman says: “We can confirm that Rick will be leaving us in October and will join the London office of Skadden Arps later this year. “He was offered an extremely attractive proposition […]

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