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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.


Brick Court wins barrister from 2 Temple Gardens

Brick Court Chambers has recruited Tim Lord from 2 Temple Gardens. Lord has focused on personal injury and insurance work in the past, but has been signed to assist Brick Court with its banking and financial services work. He spent 10 years at 2 Temple Gardens after qualifying at Slaughter and May.

The price of rights

The issue of public inquiries – particularly their cost and whether they should be held in public or private – is becoming almost as controversial as the types of issue they must deal with. Richard Smith investigates Things sometimes go wrong, occasionally with devastating consequences. In extreme cases lives are lost, people harmed, the economy […]

Bond Pearce gains a slice of Amerada with Stockley hire

Regional firm Bond Pearce has gained a foothold with US oil and gas corporation Amerada Hess after hiring a senior legal counsel from its UK subsidiary. Paul Stockley, who originally trained with Boodle Hatfield, has joined as a partner in the commercial team. His arrival gives Bond Pearce a bite of work that is largely […]


In the 24 March issue of The Lawyer, there appeared a report on a very important piece of EU legislation about to be brought into force. That has now happened: the Insurers (Reorganisation and Winding Up) Directive was introduced in the UK on 20 April 2003, by means of the Insurers Reorganisation and Winding Up […]

Belgium gains e100m to build new courts

The European Invest-ment Bank is advancing e100m (£71.2m) to Belgium to help fund the construction of two large judicial complexes in Liège and Mons. Each project will receive a e50m loan. In Liège, Belgium’s Régie des Bâtiments is building a new court of justice building integrated with the Palais des Princes-Evêques. It will house offices […]

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