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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.

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A&O’s pension scheming

Allen & Overy (A&O) seemingly succeeded where Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer failed, passing through vital changes to its pension scheme without any furore, according to A&O’s recently published annual report. The final-salary scheme was closed to new members as long ago as 1998, but the report states that, after consultation, last year the firm “closed the […]

Bar Council vows legal aid action

Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC has set out his vision for the next 12 months as the new legal year opens today (1 October). Vos said the last year has seen much progress on the Bar Council’s key lobbying areas, such as amending the Legal Services Bill, although he warned that “the show isn’t […]

White & Case hires Linklaters ECM partner

White & Case has strengthened its New York capital markets practice with the hire of Linklaters partner Adele Hogan. Hogan, who leaves the magic circle firm after two years, joined Linklaters when the firm went on a hiring spree in 2005 in a bid to ramp up its New York capabilities. She was one of […]

Stadlen takes seat on bench

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today (28 September) confirmed that Fountain Court barrister Nicholas Stadlen QC is to join the High Court bench. Stadlen, who was called to the bar in 1976 and took silk in 1991, has been assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division by the Lord Chief Justice. The big-hitting silk is the […]

Stiffed competition

The Irish Competition Authority was left red-faced after the Supreme Court’s criticism of the ILCU case. Philip Andrews discusses the implications for future enforcement The Irish Supreme Court rebuke of the Competition Authority on 8 May this year was an awkward moment. Ireland’s free-market regulator was found to have relied on “artificial” and “counter-intuitive” economics […]

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