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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.


A&O bags Unicredit hat trick with subsidiary’s Ukrainian purchase

Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured its third deal in two months for banking group Unicredit, advising on Bank Austria Creditanstalt’s (BA-CA) acquisition of Ukrainian bank Ukrsotsbank. BA-CA, which is part of the Unicredit Group, acquired 95 per cent of Ukrsotsbank from Interpipe Group for E1.52bn (£1.03bn). A&O partner Pervez Akhtar, who led the team […]

Energy: Power nous

The 2007 energy white paper brings with it new hope for a future of reform, but now is the time for action, says Marcus Trinick The publication of the 2007 energy white paper in May followed closely that of the Planning White Paper 2007 earlier that month. Both were preceded by the Marine Bill White […]

Hammonds launches last-ditch attempt to save law advice centre

Lawyers at Hammonds’ London office have issued a call to arms on behalf of Paddington Law Centre in West London, which faces imminent closure unless donations are forthcoming. For almost 35 years Paddington Law Centre has provided free, specialist legal advice and representation to Westminster’s poorest citizens in the practice areas of immigration, benefits, housing […]

Energy: In at the deep ends

The expected decommissioning of projects in the North Sea will give UK Continental shelf industry a chance to gain experience it can market to the rest of the world. By Richard Cockburn Over the next decade operators in the North Sea are expected to spend billions of pounds removing hardware that has reached the end […]


Helen Hurley: Virgin Radio

Helen Hurley may have to bear the burden of being Virgin Radio’s sole in-house lawyer, but it’s worth it to work in the arena she loves. By Malar Velaigam There are not many lawyers lucky enough to bump into Britpop band Travis in the office lift, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor in the office […]

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