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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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Jeffrey Green hit by partner exodus

West End commercial firm Jeffrey Green Russell has lost a seventh partner in six months prompting speculation that partners are unhappy with its management style. A source close to the 23-partner firm says the flood of departures in the last six months is the result of unhappiness with management. “People are not happy with the […]

3 Verulam Buildings selects new senior practice manager

Commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings has appointed Nicholas Hill as its new joint senior practice manager. Hill will join in the new year from 11 King’s Bench Walk, where he is first junior clerk. He will replace senior clerk Paul Cooklin who is leaving 3 Verulam Buildings for rival commercial set 3-4 South Square in […]

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Talk of focus is just tunnel vision

Focus. For those of us of a certain age this may well bring back memories of a certain Dutch rock band from the early 1970s. However, in more recent years it is a word applied to law firms in enough articles and consultants reports to make a significant dent in the Amazonian rainforests. To survive, […]

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