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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.


Jeffs, Claire – Hot 100

The latest competition star to emerge from Slaughter and May is senior associate Claire Jeffs. This year she advised Cemex SA on the competition aspects of its monstrously complicated merger with UK ready-mixed concrete giant RMC Group – the biggest ever transaction involving a Mexican company. Jeffs was also instrumental in squeaking through one of […]

Ius laboris forms joint venture with EEF

International employment law alliance ius laboris is joining forces with manufacturers’ organisation EEF to provide overseas labour law advice. EEF’s members come from the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors. It provides business services, including employment law and HR advice, for member companies. The organisation has an 85-strong team of lawyers and employment relations experts to […]

Norton Rose halves German turnover with Cologne sale

Norton Rose halves German turnover with Cologne sale” />Norton Rose has seen its German turnover cut in half following the completion of talks that see the firm’s Cologne office move to CMS Hasche Sigle. In one of the biggest lateral moves in Germany since Norton Rose took on the Cologne branch of collapsed firm Gaedertz […]

Lovells merciless in profits drive as twenty-five partners get axed

Lovells’ management has pushed through one of the biggest one-off redundancy programmes ever seen at a City law firm. As first revealed on be-fore Christmas, the firm is to axe 25 partners in a bid to improve its flagging profitability. Although it was not considered as part of the original review, Lovells is now […]

Healy-Pratt, James – Hot 100

In a busy year for the insurance industry, James Healy-Pratt has been busier than many, his remit extending far beyond those of most in-house lawyers. As general counsel for Amlin, Healy-Pratt kicked off the year by announcing the underwriter’s first ever corporate legal panel. Since then he has been advising Amlin on a range of […]

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