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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.



Law ambiguous if client money gets lost in the crunch

Trawling through the Solicitors Account Rules (SAR) is not fun, even for a hardened managing partner, general counsel or director of risk. But that is exactly what most of them have been doing in the past few weeks in an attempt to deal with the possibility that the money held by law firms in client […]


Shearman sends NYC partner to head Europe

Shearman & Sterling has named New York M&A partner Creighton Condon as its European managing partner. Condon is one of Shearman’s most senior lawyers. Shearman hopes his move will boost the firm’s corporate practice across Europe. Shearman UK managing partner Anthony Ward said: “The European managing partner role is more one of facilitating greater integration […]

Wall St Woes: Dodging Rodgin

Careful conflict checking is more relevant than ever on Wall Street. Careful conflict checking is more relevant than ever on Wall Street. But finding a law firm equipped and able to advise the US government on its $700bn bailout can’t have been an easy task for Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and his gang. Simpson Thacher […]

Addleshaws cuts 16 jobs across its offices

Addleshaw Goddard made 16 employees redundant this year, including two fee-earners – the highest single number made since 2003. The redundancies saw three part-time fee-earners, together constituting two full-time equivalent posts, lose their jobs – one in each of the firm’s three offices – along with six support staff in the City and four each […]

Paul Marsh: Downs

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Gordon Brown. No ­explanation needed. What was your first-ever job?Car salesman. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Attending court to meet counsel who did not turn up. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really […]

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