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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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Bar turns tables on Govt in “fat cat' row

The Bar Council successfully hit back at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s attacks on “fat cat” barristers last week, putting the government on the defensive. Figures released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), showing 39 barristers earning between £190,000 and £320,000 from legal aid in 1997, plus the top 20 highest earning firms for civil […]

A&O leads the expansion pack in Top 100 survey

ALLEN & Overy posted the fastest expansion of any UK firm in the past year, according to The Lawyer’s 1998 Top 100 survey, taking on an extraordinary 300 extra fee earners. In doing so the firm overtook Linklaters to become the UK’s fourth-largest firm. Reasons for the rise include A&O’s merger with 65-lawyer Italian firm […]

In brief: Walker to take over from Harmer at Apil

Russell Jones Walker partner Ian Walker is due to take over as Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) president. He will take over from barrister Caroline Harmer, who is stepping down after two years, at Apil’s Spring conference at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on 7 May.

1 Crown Office Row loses two senior tenants to rivals

Two senior tenants last week quit 1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Richard Ferguson QC, bringing the number of departures at the criminal and civil set over the past year to five barristers and two senior clerks. Oscar Del Fabbro and Elroy Claxton left the 46-tenant set for rival chambers 23 Essex Street, while […]

Solex preview, The external solution

Mike Oppenheim describes how his company delivers facility management systems to law firms across the globe. Mike Oppenheim is head of marketing and sales at Pitney Bowes Management Services. In today’s competitive legal environment firms must not only keep up with the competition – but stay ahead of it. Firms have to manage their office […]

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