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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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The perfect match that never was

The breakdown of the Arthur Andersen/Wilde Sapte merger is bad news for Wilde Sapte, but it is equally bad for Andersens, reports Robert Lindsay. Nick Prentice, head of tax at Arthur Andersen, broke the news to Wilde Sapte’s managing partner Steve Blakeley and banking partner James Johnson at a face-to-face meeting at Andersens’ offices on […]

Couderts Moscow partner defects to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has pulled off a major coup in Moscow by hiring the managing partner of US rivals Coudert Brothers’ Moscow office. Bruce Bean, a US qualified international corporate lawyer, will join Clifford Chance’s five partner and 51-lawyer office as a partner. He will bring a high-profile US and Russian energy industry-orientated practice to the […]

Litigation Personal Injury 9/6/98

Bryant v Wallis & anor – QBD 28 April 1998 Claimant: Graham Bryant, 47 years Incident: Accident at work Injuries: Claimant suffered fractured skull and injuries to right shoulder and neck in fall in 1992 whilst working on roof. He had climbed onto the roof using a ladder but then lost his footing and fell, […]

LCD strikes back at QC

Martin Bowley’s article (The Lawyer, 26 May), accused the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), of intellectual dishonesty, political cynicism and trying to distract attention from the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for legal aid reform by publishing the names of lawyers and firms who have received sums from the Legal Aid Fund. We are talking about taxpayers’ money. […]

Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

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