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The Sustainable Innovation Fund is launched by government

At the end of June, the government unveiled the £200 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to help innovative businesses bounce back following the Covid-19 pandemic. On 27 June 2020, the government launched the Sustainable Innovation Fund to drive forward cutting-edge new technology following the coronavirus crisis. The fund is intended to develop new sustainable opportunities for […]

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Seeing through the fog

By Adrian Howells Following the Government’s announcement of The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), you will no doubt have found yourself inundated with communications about this from a variety of different firms, ourselves included. Whilst these communications set out the facts as listed on the British Business Banks (BBB) website, there is nevertheless a […]

Swiss IP Newsletter July 2020

“SWISS RE – WE MAKE THE WORLD MORE RESILIENT” – Trademark found not to be misleading without a limitation of the services to Swiss origin.


It's been a good week for…

Lawyers involved in the BSE public inquiry which is expected to cost u25m and has been delayed for a year. General Pinochet, who may be entitled to u1m in legal aid. Apparently the General has only a modest pension and relies on hand-outs from his supporters. Cloning. A heated medico-legal debate is likely to follow […]

In brief: Norton Rose

Norton Rose is to spend £2.3m on global hardware and maintenance to be supplied by Unisys. The overhaul of its information technology systems will begin in May and should be completed by the end of September. It is replacing all computers with Dell machines and upgrading its systems, including information management. John Copley, head of […]

Firm calls for solicitors to join forces on abuse class action

A firm co-ordinating a child abuse damages claim against residential homes in the North West is calling on solicitors representing other victims to join its group action. Cheshire-based Abney Garsden McDonald partner Peter Garsden is co-ordinating the group action against five homes which involves 90 firms representing 200 victims. After a “series of misunderstandings by […]

Cartoon makers go in hard over soft toys claim

Roger Pearson reports that the makers of the hit series South Park hope to have the last laugh in a complaint over dolls. The cast of the hit cartoon South Park is to go on trial at the High Court later this month. But the characters in the dock will be soft toys. The companies […]

The top employment firms

Simmons & Simmons Has more blue chip clients than anyone else. One of its major strengths has to be Janet Gaymer – its major weakness that clients cannot always get her. The employment department has resisted the general exodus of partners from the firm and, despite the loss of a few juniors to Freshfields, a […]

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