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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.


Sonnenschein opens Geneva office

The Chicago-based firm has poached Cherise Valles from the Canadian Government to head up the new Swiss outpost which will focus on world trade and e-commerce issues. As part of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Valles regularly advised on the rights and obligations arising under the World Trade Organisation and the […]

Papering over the cracks

City solicitors are surprised by the Law Society president’s proposal to represent a unified legal profession. Claire Smith finds the City shouting ‘if you can’t handle what you’ve got, don’t take on more’ “Let us think the unthinkable,” said Law Society president Robert Sayer last week. “One unified legal profession, no more solicitors or barristers […]

Brown & Wood snaps up Simmons capital partner

Simmons & Simmons has lost another top partner, this time to US firm Brown & Wood. Leading capital markets lawyer John Russell, who co-founded Simmons’ securities practice, joins the London office of Brown & Wood today (Monday). Russell is the eighth partner to leave Simmons this year and the third in two months. In October, […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Invesco on the establishment of Invesco Leveraged High Yield Fund

Woolf sees court cases fall by third

There has been a dramatic drop in the number of cases coming to the Commercial Court in the first six months following the Woolf reforms, according to Mr Justice Rix, the judge in charge. Since the new rules were introduced in April there has been a 31 per cent fall in the applications to modify […]

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