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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.



Lawyers give mixed response to Woodcock age discrimination ruling

Employment lawyers have given a mixed response to an eagerly anticipated Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling on whether discrimination can be justified by saving costs. Ruling in Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust, Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Rimer and Mr Justice Ryder found that former Cumbria Primary Care Trust (PCT) chief executive Nigel Woodcock […]

Shack attack

Payne Hicks Beach marriage-dissolution maven Fiona Shackleton may be a proven force when it comes to advising on divorce – having represented Princes Andrew and Charles, former Beatle Paul McCartney and singer Madonna – but one client is less satisfied with her savvy when it comes to child support. Banker Christopher Smith is suing Payne […]

New silks on the block: (l-r) Green, Sabben-Clare, Wolfe, de la Mare, Jones, Day, Machell

Quality Counts

Becoming a QC is a major step in a barrister’s career. Eight of the new crop share their application nightmares and their plans for the future The recent announcement that 88 advocates had been elevated to the ranks of Queen’s Counsel (QC) prompted the usual rowdy calls for celebration and jubilation at the bar. For […]


Channel Islands imports must carry VAT, court rules

High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled. Mr Justice Mitting rejected a judicial review bid by Jersey and Guernsey against the Government’s decision to stop imports of goods by mail order from the islands being VAT free. The market, which is […]


Veale Wasbrough loses ‘Basil Fawlty’ discrimination claims for RCGP

Veale Wasbrough Vizards associate Michael Hasley has unsuccessfully defended the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) against a claim of sexual harassment and discrimination from a former employee. Claims of unfair dismissal and racial discrimination from the same former employee were not successful. The Central London Employment Tribunal heard that French porter Appadoure Basile, who […]

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