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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.


Shed some light

I hope Mr Justice Lightman will sit hard on The Lawyer’s reporter for reporting his disparagement of non-law graduate barristers in such a way as to make it sound much more like vapid assertion than argument in the article “Judge attacks barristers without law degrees” (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). My respect for High Court […]

Contributory negligence appeal

The House of Lords is deciding whether to hear an appeal which will focus on the question of contributory negligence in cases of the negligent valuation of property. Mortgage lender Platform Home Loans, which claims it relied on property valuations when arranging sale of property on which mortgage was later defaulted, is challenging an award […]

Emerson's “charade' fails to embarrass Norton Rose

Norton Rose is standing firm as adviser to US electronics group Emerson Electric, which faced accusations of tearing City corporate governance codes “to shreds” during an aborted takeover attempt. Last month Emerson attempted to buy the 48.9 per cent of computer component maker Astec (BSR) it did not already own, at a price set during […]

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Stephen Tupper

Stephen Tupper was born in 1958 in Malta. He is currently the London-based partner of the European law unit at Hammond Suddards. What was your first job? Gardener “No. 5” at the Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? A brief fee of £40 for an off-licence […]

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