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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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Mears & Sayer in shock split

A rift has opened up between the former Law Society presidential team of Martin Mears and Robert Sayer, and it looks increasingly likely that the former comrades-in-arms will stand against each other in the 1997 election. Just days ago Mears was confirming that he would stand as Sayer’s vice president in the July elections. However, […]

Manches & Co and TSD booked by WH Smith

Manches & Co and Titmuss Sainer Dechert have won an estimated £750,000-a-year in property work from WH Smith after the book retailer held a beauty parade and ousted two of its former advisers: Bircham & Co and retail property niche firm Nathan Silman. It is understood Denton Hall and Charles Russell were also present on […]

Commons committee slams legal aid tests

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has criticised the lack of judicial accountability for criminal legal aid means testing, saying that magistrates’ courts have no incentive to get means assessments right. Taking evidence from Sir Thomas Legg, permanent secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, the committee expressed concern at the […]

Scots get no win, no fee cover

The Law Society of Scotland has launched a new insurance scheme to cover no win, no fee compensation cases. The scheme is based on Accident Line Protect, which was launched by the Law Society of England and Wales in August 1995, but is a little more expensive. For a premium of £115, the Scottish scheme, […]

In brief: Scottish deals led by Maclay Murray Spens

Maclay Murray & Spens tops a Scottish law firm league table for number of deals. The firm handled 90 deals, while second-placed Dickson Minto handled 78, Dundas & Wilson did 66 and fourth-placed McGrigor Donald made 55. Maclays’ managing partner Michael Walker said his firm, with a total staff of 270, had taken on over […]

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