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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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Beresfords to launch ‘legal supermarket’

Staff at Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday, is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. Staff at Doncaster-based firm Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday (see story), is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. The ‘supermarket’ comprises a web portal called mysolicitor.com, […]

White & Case loses bid for Lloyds-HBOS merger JR

White & Case’s bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer the Lloyds TSB-HBOS merger to the Competition Commission has failed. White & Case loses bid for Lloyds-HBOS merger JR” />White & Case has failed in its bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer […]

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The season to (try to) be jolly

It hasn’t been the best year for the legal profession, as you can see in this issue. But there have been a few highlights to remember. Pantomime villains of the year: Vinay Veneik; Beresfords; Melvyn Weiss (Milberg Weiss). Most right-wing magic circle firm: Allen & Overy, the one to donate the most money to the […]

More groups allowed to bring class actions, govt told

Proposals to allow more representative bodies to bring class actions on an opt-out basis have been put forward to the government today. The Civil Justice Council (CJC), the body responsible for advising the Lord Chancellor on the modernisation of the law, called for reform of the group litigation model to remove barriers to access to […]

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Review of the year 2008: Cometh the crunch

The Lawyer continued to report the big stories that shaped the year. January Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft gave us a taste of things to come when it laid off 35 ­associates. By the end of the year nearly every firm would be doing the same. Lovells marked the end of an era with the departure […]

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