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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.


Deacon's wife sues ex-partners of firm

EX-PARTNERS of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), the collapsed Liverpool legal aid firm now in liquidation, are being sued for negligence by the wife of former partner David Deacon. The action is likely to become a claim on the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The writ, issued in Liverpool’s District Registry, names nine individual partners, including Deacon […]

Stalwart director

Former Standard Chartered Bank company secretary Gay Welch has been appointed as legal director of investment company Stalwart Group. She will be the first legal director at the firm, which specialises in providing home income plans for the elderly. Welch will also be company secretary for the group, which was admitted as a member of […]

Firms should fund students, says group

TRAINING commercial lawyers need not be a priority for a Labour government and the party should ensure that any increase in funding for law students does not end up “in the coffers of big City law firms”, according to the Young Labour Lawyers (YLL) group. In the YLL’s recent response to Labour’s ‘Access to justice’ […]

Softly, softly approach

Sir Michael Latham, when delivering a paper to the Society of Construction Law, said that if only one recommendation of his report could be implemented, he would choose adjudication. Latham recommends that adjudication should become the normal method of dispute resolution. This would in itself be revolutionary for a construction industry used to spending £250 […]

Fayeds challenge refusal of citizenship

The Egyptian-born owners of Harrods, Mohammed Al Fayed and brother Ali, are set to take on the Government in the High Court. They have been given the go-ahead to challenge the Home Office refusal to grant them British citizenship. Their moves to seek judicial review of the refusal are expected to be vigorously opposed by […]

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