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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.


Why the Legal Services Bill is a must for the profession

With the onset of summer and the inevitable distractions this brings, it would be easy to lose sight of the draft Legal Services Bill. We must ensure that this does not happen. Ever since the publication of the Office of Fair Trading report on competition in the professions in March 2001 there has been a […]

Watsons gears up for launch of City office

Newcastle-based Watson Burton is set to launch a new office in London within the next six months. The City office will focus on property, construction and insurance work and will be the first presence in the capital for a North East firm. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle said: “We’ve gone there primarily to win more quality […]

Showing off figures

We’re not fooled, you know. We do realise that profit figures have become a brand extension exercise. It’s the time of year when firms all over the UK cunningly reveal that, a) their profits have shot up, b) they’ve managed their costs, and c) they’re now looking at work-life balance or diversity or something. Because […]

CC wins historic independence vote mandate for Montenegro

Clifford Chance won a historic mandate to help the Balkan state of Montenegro secure its independence from Serbia. The firm’s head of public policy Michael Smyth and international law head Jeremy Carver were instructed alongside a local firm to provide advice on the recent referendum. The vote, held on 21 May, saw a massive 86.3 […]

Proskauer mulls Dublin but seriously considers London

US firm Proskauer Rose’s hunt for a European base appeared to move a step closer with visits last month to the UK and Ireland by two of the firm’s senior partners. The sighting in particular of managing partner Allen Fagin in Dublin sparked talk among local lawyers that the firm was considering launching an office […]

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