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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.


Firm closes LA arm

US corporate finance and securities firm Debevoise & Plimpton is closing its seven-year-old Los Angeles office and offering to return staff to New York. The firm, which has lawyers across the US as well as in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Budapest and Prague, has already begun its “phasing down” programme. Seven of the 12 lawyers […]

Record attendance

The Software for Solicitors two-day event held in Manchester at the beginning of November pushed its attendance figures up by 85 per cent from 1993. The event which attracted 20 exhibitors and 585 visitors was a regional spin-off from the long-running Solicitors and Legal Office Exhibition held at the Barbican in June.

LAB set to have say on Green Paper

THE LEGAL AID Board is planning to unveil its eagerly awaited response to Lord Mackay’s reform Green Paper next week. The board’s response will form a key stage of the reform process as it will contain details of how the board thinks plans for cash limited block contracts can be delivered. Last month, chief executive […]

Write to reply

Evidence for court is in two parts: written and oral. Most cases are dealt with on the strength of written evidence and this can avoid the need for an individual to give evidence from the witness box. Written evidence is in the control of the writer and can give a lot of confidence if he […]

In-house head calls for ethnic support

IN-HOUSE lawyers should offer “discreet but clear support” for initiatives to reduce discrimination taken by the firms and chambers which they instruct. That is the advice of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group whose chair, Julian Armstrong, has also called for more sponsors for a bursary scheme for ethnic law students. In the latest […]

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