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Innovative firms promised extra funding support

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new £1.25bn support package designed to protect firms driving innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The package includes a £500m investment fund (called the Future Fund) for high-growth companies impacted by the crisis, made up of funding from government and the private sector and £750 million of grants and loans for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) focusing on research and development.

How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.



Kobe Steel and its subsidiary Kobelco Construction Machinery sets up global alliance with CNH Global. Kobe Steel advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Curran). CNH Global advised in-house. Dow UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, makes £305m cash offer for speciality chemicals supplier Ascot. Dow UK advised by Eversheds (George […]

Nick Carter: Capital One

After testing the water in the UK, Capital One is expanding into Europe. Brendan Malkin meets Nick Carter, the man charhed with overseeing the move and building up the in-house team. After five years experimenting in the UK, Capital One, the Visa and MasterCard credit card specialist, is getting ready to invade Europe. The UK […]

Minter Ellison rejigs for global expansion

Australian firm Minter Ellison is reorganising its management for a massive expansion drive. Robert Hanley, currently one of two partners in the London office, is moving back to Australia after nearly four years to spearhead the firm’s international drive. The firm has also just expanded its Sydney banking practice with two senior partners from Mallesons […]

Commercial sets snubbed on silks list

Source: LCD Magic circle commercial sets were snubbed with a tiny presence on the Lord Chancellor’s list of new silks. Brick Court, Fountain Court and One Essex Court are in shock at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement last Thursday (12 April) that not one of their junior barristers have been given silk. However, nationwide […]


The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill. I experienced the challenge first hand when developing an office […]

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