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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.

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Clifford Chance loses yet another US lawyer

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is latest recipient of Clifford Chance’s US lawyer exodus, after hiring a securities enforcement and financial services partner. Michael King is moving to Kirkpatrick from the magic circle’s Washington practice. During his career King has held a number of high profile positions including spells in the US Department of Justice and the […]

Untouchable lands at Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis has added a mafia busting crime fighter fresh from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York to its commercial litigation group. White-collar crime specialist Andrew Genser is joining the firm as a partner after firstly practising in the organised crime and racketeering section of the US Attorney’s Office […]

Bar rates dispute halts Iraqi hearing

A trial of 26 Iraqis has been severely disrupted after several senior barristers refused to accept instructions, marking a further escalation of the bar’s pay dispute. The strike action forms part of the concerted effort by the criminal bar to turn down all instructions on very high-cost cases (VHCC). This follows the decision by the […]

Underpaid and understaffed: the state of UK legal aid

A report into the state of legal aid reveals a system in crisis, bogged down by delays and inadequate advice, according to documents leaked to The Lawyer. The report, ordered by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), shows that during 2003 clients in almost 500 publicly funded cases were […]

Spanish accountancy firms hit by underwhelming year

Spain’s past and present accountancy-tied law firms have struggled to shrug off the tough economy during 2003, with all recording scant increases in overall gross for the year. Former Andersen-tied giant Garrigues saw yearly revenue edge up by just 2.5 per cent to €164m, according to the latest figures compiled by Spanish newspaper Expansión. Ernst […]

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