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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.


Brabners tops football transfer league with 33

Brabners Chaffe Street has emerged as the busiest law firm in football, advising nine clubs on a total of 33 transfers during the ­summer transfer window, which closed last Monday (1 September) at midnight. Brabners concluded a busy deadline day advising trophy client Manchester United on the £30.75m purchase of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur, […]

Proskauer opens in Beijing, Hong Kong with Heller hires

Proskauer Rose is opening in Beijing and Hong Kong with a trio of lawyers, including two partners from Heller Ehrman’s Beijing office. As revealed on yesterday the chair of Heller Ehrman’s Beijing office Joseph Cha (pictured) resigned from the firm (8 September 2008). The former chair and head of the Asian private equity and […]

Debevoise’s City litigation team to treble in five years

Debevoise & Plimpton is gearing up to make its ­London litigation group a one-stop shop for disputes. The US firm’s European litigation chairman Lord Goldsmith told The Lawyer he plans to increase the London litigation partner headcount from three to 10 over the next five years. Goldsmith said: “I want the capability to handle all […]

Halliwells trio jump ship to PwC

A team of three real estate partners has left Halliwells’ London office for the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). London real estate head Simon Hardwick (pictured) has moved on, together with Adam Perry and Tim Hart. A spokesperson for Halliwells said: “Simon, Adam and Tim have decided to take on a new challenge and we […]


Simmons swoops on Freshfields in Dubai hire

Simmons & Simmons has built up its Middle East practice by hiring former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Eric Milne as a partner in Dubai. Milne, who will head Simmons’ banking and finance division in the region, helped set up Freshfields’ Dubai office in 2005 alongside partner Joseph Huse. Milne said of the move: “We have […]

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