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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: Leeds practice liable to Building Society

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Leeds firm Ian Brill & Co, which acted for a man who sold his house without his wife’s knowledge, is liable to the Bristol & West Building Society for breach of warranty of authority. Lords Justice Staughton, Waller and Waite upheld a Leeds District Registry decision. The ruling […]

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Zander slams Woolf

Lord Woolf’s proposed reforms of the civil justice system are doomed to failure and, far from improving civil justice, will make things significantly worse, according to a leading legal academic. Speaking at the Chancery Bar Association’s spring lecture on Monday, Michael Zander QC, professor of law at the London School of Economics, delivered a scathing […]

The law and artistic merit

In January 1995, Morison J gave judgment in De Balkany v Christie Manson & Woods Ltd after hearing seven experts debate, on historic and scientific grounds, whether a painting was or was not the work of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. The case, which was decided in favour of the plaintiff when the painting was determined […]

Negotiations put strike action by Law Society staff on hold

Accountants and monitoring unit staff from the Law Society have called off further industrial action pending negotiations with management this Thursday and Friday. Last Monday, 28 of the 43 MSF union members in the investigation accountants and monitoring unit went on a one-day strike over pay. It was the first strike in the Law Society’s […]

Best prepared will win a claim

What often makes the difference in a loss of profits claim is the extent to which actions are planned just after the event that led to it – the plaintiff who prepares well and early stands the best chance of a favourable judgment. Bringing an expert witness – a forensic accountant for instance – in […]

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