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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.


Lawyer loses sex case

Joan Grant, lawyer for the Disability Law Service in Central London, was fired after bosses found out she was accessing her fantasy file for ten minutes every day. Grant said she was thinking about taking up a career in writing sexual fantasy novels and also considering setting up a mediation law centre for gays

Regulatory maze hits merger hopefuls

The New York firm’s survey of 99 jurisdictions shows that companies planning global deals face a mass of new, and often inconsistent regulations. More than 50 countries now have merger notification rules, 40 countries have introduced new merger control regulations in the past decade and many countries have revamped their competition laws in the last […]

Bernstein bags rival's managing partner

Alan Schulman, the head of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach’s three West Coast offices for the past five years, has defected to Bernstein Litowitz and set up shop in San Diego. A member of Milberg Weiss’s executive committee for the last ten years, Schulman says Bernstein’s success in gaining institutional investors as clients was […]

Linklaters breaks $1 trillion mark

The firm alone – excluding other firms in the alliance – acted on deals valued at $1,064 billion (£648.7 billion) including $735 billion of M&A, $216 billion of capital markets and banking deals and $105 billion of project finance. The decision to lump together the different types of work to help meet the trillion-dollar target […]

Manhattan firms merge

The 65-lawyer firm Windels Marx Davies & Ives has teamed up with the 35-lawyer firm Lane & Mittendorf to form Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf. The merger, which was finalised on 1 January, brings together firms with similar practices. Both focus on corporate, litigation and real estate law and handle a lot of international law. […]

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