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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.


Dickinson Dees hires Cobbetts projects partner

Newcastle’s Dickinson Dees has appointed Cobbetts projects partner Russell Jarvis to its projects group. Jarvis, who is experienced in advising funders in PFI and public-private partnership projects, counts the Co-operative Bank and the Nationwide Building Society as clients.

Rink signs up with Hildebrandt

John Rink, former managing partner of Allen & Overy (A&O), is to take an advisory role with legal management consultancy Hildebrandt.Rink, who had been managing partner of the magic circle firm since 1994, resigned in October 2002 and stepped down as a partner on 31 April this year. He will remain on the A&O management […]

Money for nothing

The recent spate of ‘golden goodbyes’ has sparked public outrage. Will the furore result in new legislation to curb payoffs to directors who perform badly? Or would that do more harm to business than good? Jon Robins finds out where the law stands When it comes to scoring easy political Bro-wnie points with the public, […]

Security complex

DTI figures show that IT security systems are dangerously inadequate. Alan Masson says that a three-tier system should be followed Ask a firm for evidence of its IT policy and most will present some virus screening software and a firewall. In the modern world, this is painfully inadequate. Perhaps it is because of a false […]

UK network wins battle over LawNet name

Regional law firm network LawNet has just won a trademark battle against a US legal organisation of the same name. The battle started when the US Lawnet sponsored seminars at a conference in Birmingham, which UK Lawnet members attended believing it was their event. LawNet UK Operations Director Adrian Dion said the matter was resolved […]

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