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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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Cadwalader UK to cut jobs after walkout

US firm Cadwalader has launched a redundancy consultation in its London office, less than a month after losing 19 lawyers to Paul Hastings. US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched a redundancy consultation in its London office, less than a month after losing seven of its partners and 12 associates to Paul Hastings (14 […]

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Freshfields leads on British Land rights issue

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has cemented its relationship with British Land by acting on the group’s £740m rights issue. The company said the issue would firm up its balance sheet but the move sent share prices in the property sector tumbling. Freshfields corporate partners Julian Long and Sarah Murphy led the team, while Linklaters corporate partner […]

Clarke Willmott makes social housing hire

Clarke Willmott has boosted its social housing group by recruiting Ann Hayward, an Eversheds partner of 16 years. She joins the firm as a specialist consultant on social housing finance. It is Clarke Willmott’s second major hire of 2009. Last month the Birmingham-headquartered firm recruited Bevan Brittan head of tax Christine McElroy as a partner. […]

Mishcon offers Smarta online advice

Mishcon de Reya has signed up to a legal advice helpline, with two of its lawyers giving advice via online business support site Smarta. It marks a change of direction for the West End firm, which has a large ­private client and litigation client base. Managing partner Kevin Gold said partner Nick Davis had originally […]

Skadden in shake-up of London groups

US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has launched a number of ­practice groups in London in a bid to insulate its ­business against changing market conditions. The four new groups, which will utilise lawyers from existing practices in London, are tax controversy, financial services, investment funds ;and ;corporate ­investigations. European ;managing ­partner Bruce […]

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