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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.


Bird & Bird in "first" Anglo-Swedish merger

Gedda, a nine partner firm with a strong commercial practice and growing communications, IT and media practice, will assume Bird & BIrd’s name from the beginning of December. It is believed to be the first ever merger between a UK and Swedish law firm.


Digital: The basic building blocks for the whole thing. Where analogue information is made up of streams of electronic signals of varying frequency – streams that degrade as they are copied with each generation getting further away from the original – digital data is made up of ones and zeros, endlessly reproducible, easily exchanged and […]

Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries pays £29m for building assets of Tarmac. Aggregate Industries advised by Hammond Suddards Edge (Roger Birchall). Tarmac represented by Eversheds (Helen Ridge, Howard Gill, Chris Moff).

WestLb/British Land

This joint venture with British Land marks a new departure for WestLB in the UK property market. The German bank is used to making loans into property companies, but this is its first experience of taking on equity as well as debt risk. The joint venture was funded by a £265m loan from West LB […]

Lovells raids Germany

Lovells Boesebeck Droste has hired two German partners from White & Case‘s Frankfurt office, Oliver Kessler and Thomas Schrell. Securities partner Kessler, who joined White & Case in June 1999 from Wessing Berenberg-Gossler, has acted for clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and CSFB. He will be spearheading Lovells’ drive to capture […]

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