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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: Former West lawyer appeals suspension

Cheltenham sole practitioner Howard Ogden, Frederick West’s former lawyer, is appealing against his one-year suspension from practice following a disciplinary hearing into his conduct. At the solicitors’ disciplinary tribunal last week, he admitted acting in a way likely to bring his profession into disrepute and allowing a conflict of interest to arise. An allegation of […]

Rabbatts to front local authority

THIS YEAR’S weekend school of the Law Society’s Local Government Group will cover areas ranging from environment to education. The event, to be held at the University of Wales in Swansea from 28 to 31 March, will also deal with IT planning for local authority legal departments, plain English, and powers of local government. As […]

In brief: Dibbs unveils new local government unit

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has set up a new local government unit under the leadership of commercial group partner Tony Randle. The unit already advises local authority clients including Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and West Sussex county councils, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the London Borough of Croydon. It has launched a regular newsletter called Futures […]

Over 200 law firms sign up with legal costs plan

AROUND 250 firms have registered to join a scheme which offers after-the-event funding to litigants without the means to pursue claims. LawAssist, the litigation costs plan offered by Greystoke Legal Services, aims to help individuals who do not qualify for free legal aid and who do not have the savings to risk taking court action […]

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