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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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Ruling out direct access to better system

Gavin Millar’s article (Viewpoint, The Lawyer, 11 March) gives the classical arguments against allowing barristers to have direct access to clients. But none of the arguments stand up to a single moment’s logical analysis. Let’s remember what the rule means. It is not some minor idiosyncrasy such as wigs or “my learned friend”. It says […]

Nelsons incorporates its insurance section

Nottingham law firm Nelsons has split off its commercial insurance service into a separate company to allow the expansion of what the practice claims is a unique service. The firm believes it is the only practice to have an insurance arm that focuses on commercial insurance and is not tied to any particular insurance company. […]

Internet law. Cyberspace: the legal frontier

Law is developing rapidly in an effort to keep pace with the Internet. In cyberspace, defamation, international treaties, US Supreme Court cases, copyright infringement by “hot-linked” Web sites, and European green papers, are just a part of the legal minefield waiting to explode. The Internet evolved from an academic and military network which was also […]

John Berry looks at the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

John Berry is director of ADR Legal Costs Assessors. TAXATION of costs has always been a slow process, but on the 15 January 1997 it also became expensive. Court taxing fees were increased to 7.5 per cent on total costs taxed, but, more importantly, when an inter partes bill is lodged, a fee of 3.75 […]

Condoms and cockroaches at Cortijo Blanco

An action that could embarrass three of the country’s major package holiday companies is now on its way to the High Court. Sunworld, First Choice Holidays and Flights, and Cosmosair, are being sued by more than 20 holiday makers from all over the UK as a result of dissatisfaction with a three-star Spanish Hotel. The […]

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