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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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In brief: Bar Council working party to report on CLAF

The Bar Council is forming a working party, under “an eminent chairman”, to report on how a Contingency Legal Aid Fund could be structured and funded. Bankers, insurers and the Government will be invited to contribute. The Government has been unenthusiastic about public funding for a CLAF but has said it will reconsider the matter […]

Is it “no win, no win' for barristers?

Is it true that only high risk work will be left for barristers as solicitors retain all the “dead certs’, or is it just paranoia? asks Shaun Pye. If you want to know how conditional fees will affect solicitors, you can read last year’s Policy Studies Institute report into how law firms are conducting “no […]

In brief: Couderts hires Lovell White Durrant partner

Lovell White Durrant banking partner Alexander Janes has joined the London office of Coudert Brothers as a partner. He will work within the firm’s international banking and project finance practice. The office now has 14 partners and 15 assistants, all of whom are UK qualified.

In brief: LCD grants funding for CAB litigants' project

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is giving a grant to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the High Court to help it provide advice and assistance to litigants in person. The LCD will provide £84,500 to the scheme annually for the next three years. Twenty-two firms, mainly from the City, will provide solicitor volunteers to man the […]

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