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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.


Hammonds’ Michael Cassidy receives OBE

Hammonds property partner Michael Cassidy is among the lawyers celebrating after being awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Saturday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Cassidy joined Hammonds last year after a brief stint at DJ Freeman and then Olswang. He spent more than 30 years as a property partner at […]

Girl dour

Those wacky property lawyers: whatever will they do next? A bunch of Ashurst lawyers dressed up as the Spice Girls and sang Wannabe last week for Party Near the Park 3, an event held in aid of Central London children’s theatre The Unicorn. The lawyers followed in the footsteps of Canary Wharf Group in-house counsel […]

Merger results in Addleshaws breaking £300K PEP barrier

Addleshaw Goddard has stormed through the £300,000 average profits per equity partner (PEP) barrier in its first full year as a merged firm. Last year, the firm reported a combined PEP figure of £266,000, based on £268,000 at Theodore Goddard and £255,000 at Addleshaw Booth & Co. This year average PEP stands at £321,000. The […]

Slaughter knocks out rivals for Standard Life deal

Slaughter and May has won out against a slew of City firms for the coveted role as legal adviser on the demutualisation of Standard Life. The demutualisation will be the first time that Slaughter has acted for the company which undertook a review of its legal panel, beginning in March, in preparation for the mandate. […]

Corporate deals round-up

Weil Gotshal & Manges (Gerhard Schmidt) advised a consortium led by investment companies Texas Pacific Group and Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity on the acquisition of Grohe Aktiengesellschaft from BC Partners. It is one of the largest leveraged buyouts in Germany’s recent history, costing a reported €1.84bn (£1.22bn). CMS Hasche Sigle (Dr Udo Simmat) […]

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