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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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PR agency holds on to Bar account

THE BAR Council’s PR agency Westminster Strategy has retained its prestigious contract to manage the profession’s media and parliamentary relations. According to Bar Council chief executive Niall Morison, the lobbying agency beat off stiff competition to retain the contract it held for six years before the recently completed beauty parade. “It’s a prestigious job, it’s […]

Stewart Harper applauds courts for striking out hopeless cases

Chris Jackson in The Lawyer, 6 June 1995 suggested a reverse Order 14 procedure be introduced to give defendants the chance to dispose of groundless claims at an early stage. However, such a procedure is already in place. Over the last six years I’ve been involved in the well-publicised litigation arising out of the prescription […]

CFA's progress

v September 1991: Joint Liaison Group agrees to an early establishment of the Court of Final Appeal; v December 1991: The Hong Kong legislative council (Legco) rejects the “four-to-one” compromise on judges; v May 1994: Draft bill given to China; v November 1994: Consultation among legal profession; v December 1994: Extraordinary general meeting held by […]

In brief: Patent Office to speed up procedures

A new fast-track patent service will be launched by the United Kingdom Patent Office next week, slashing months off the time spent on existing procedures. The new service will combine the search and examination processes instead of performing them separately. The Patent Office says this will make it possible in certain cases to obtain a […]

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