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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.


MDPs grow in popularity, according to research

In a sign that English and Welsh solicitors are coming around to accepting MDPs, 51 per cent believe Chancery Lane should support the development of MDPs. Only 25 per cent of solicitors came out against in a major survey of the profession published by the Law Society last week. But while 59 per cent of […]

Upstairs, downstairs

Things are even worse than Nigel Savage thinks (The Lawyer 14 October; and Helen Cannings, The Lawyer 23 September). Some law schools in the new universities are recruiting Oxbridge graduates as LPC students, lecturers and at professorial level. Professor Peter Kunzlik, MA, LLM (Cantab), Head of Centre for Legal Research, Nottingham Trent University

In brief: Conflict of interests?

Withers partner David Mills has rejected as “mischievous” Tory claims that his previous job as non-executive director at Benetton Formula created a potential conflict of interest for his wife, Health Minister Tessa Jowell, in the exemption of Formula One from the ban on tobacco advertising in British sport.

IBA Conference – Effective justice

The Government’s drive to speed up criminal justice may lead to more miscarriages of justice, Law Society president Phillip Sycamore told the International Bar Conference on Thursday. “There are disturbing signs that saving money rather than securing justice is in danger of emerging as the driving force behind moves to speed up our justice system,” […]


First use of tough new domestic violence Act

RADICAL new laws dealing with domestic violence have been put into practice for the first time. Exeter County Court issued an occupation order and a non-molestation order on 3 October, just two days after the relevant provisions contained in the Family Law Act 1996 came into force. The orders, which are intended to prevent a […]

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