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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.


Art for Art's sake

A picture of sperm and chromosomes is an unusual and unlikely work of art to be found on display in a professional office, especially a City law firm. In fact law firms appear to be helping to reverse the rule noted by the late Lord Pearce “that artists do not live in the purple, they […]

Denmark calling

I note attempts are being made by the Bar to allow on-line access to UK statute law and statutory material (The Lawyer 9 January, ‘Bar calls for on-line statute law’). A big problem is, of course, the question of Crown copyright. On the continent, statute law is public material, the thinking being that citizens should […]


Stones Porter acted for GE Capital Green Property in its acquisition of a £32 million portfolio of industrial properties from Standard Life, made up of four industrial estates in London and one in Scotland. Nabbaro Nathanson acted for GE Capital and Herbert Smith for Standard Life.

Court jails 'trusted' lawyer for multi-million pound fraud

THE PUBLIC’S faith in the solicitors’ profession took another blow last week when Charles Julian Deacon was sentenced to nine years in prison for his part in a series of multi-million pound advance fee frauds. His co-defendant James Fuller was sentenced to seven years. Deacon’s conviction, on six counts of conspiracy to defraud and two […]

Balm pushes mediation to frontline for legal disputes

MEMBERS of the British Association of Lawyer Mediators (Balm) are to gather for their first meeting this week. And civil law reformer Lord Woolf, patron of the new association, has been lined up to speak at the launch on Friday, to be held at the Law Society. Balm was formed to promote the idea of […]

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