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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.


Salary hikes out of ocntrol

I am head of legal for a medium size manufacturing company which exports the majority of its output. With a large share of those exports going to euroland, we are being forced to economise just to keep people in jobs. How heartening it is that the likes of Macfarlanes and Biddle feel able to award […]

It’s been a bad week for

Judges who want to surf. New rules issued by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine ban judges from using the internet for online shopping or general surfing. One thousand laptops will be issued to judges to provide regular updates on cases. Tony Blair. The world’s leading internet watchdog warned the Prime Minister last week that his […]

A&O adds employment partner to Paris office

Allen & Overy is hiring a former partner at French firm Pouget Delsaud Garnier Bachasson (PDGB) to set up an employment law practice in Paris. Sabine Smith-Vidal is the fourth partner to join the firm’s Paris corporate department in the last 18 months. In just two years the team has doubled in size and now […]


Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa, the German open ended fund, in the £63m sale of its property at 49 Leadenhall Street to the City of London Real Property Company. The building was previously the headquarters of the Institute of London Underwriters. The team was run by property partner Alan Butler while Nabarro Nathanson advised […]

Norton Rose hires telecoms partners

Norton Rose is boosting its technology capabilities with two lateral hires from the telecoms and IT sectors. The new partners are US-qualified Mark Naftel, who was assistant general counsel at Danish telecommunications company Tele Danmark, and former Slaughter and May IT specialist Michael Rebeiro. Their appointments bring the number of new partners appointed to the […]

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