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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.


David Ryan

Pinsent Masons faces management shake-up

Pinsent Masons partners are warming up for the firm’s first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999. It will also be the first election since Pinsent Masons merged with McGrigors in May 2012 (6 February 2012). Both managing partner and senior partner elections had been due to take place […]


Pinsent Masons adds Beijing infrastructure partner

Pinsent Masons has added to its Asian infrastructure group with the hire of Formosan Brothers construction and disputes partner Helena Chen in Beijing. Chen joined today (7 April) from the Taiwanese firm, where she founded the construction team in 2002. She is the latest in a string of hires to the firm’s Asia offices. At […]

Allen & Overy receives International Law Firm of the Year award

Allen & Overy has won the International Law Firm of the Year award at the second annual Law Firm of the Year competition in Slovakia. Allen & Overy also topped the Mergers and Acquisitions category and won the Banking and Finance category for the second year running. The winners were announced on 1 April at […]

John Pickering

Irwin Mitchell chief exec Pickering in shock exit

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive John Pickering is to stand down after 37 years at the firm it has been announced today. Pickering will leave Irwin Mitchell after a transitional period and plans to pursue his ambitions to hold non-executive director positions within other businesses. The firm’s chief executive for personal legal services Andrew Tucker […]


Pinsents makes up 15 to partner

Pinsent Masons has made up three women in a round of 15 partnership promotions that take effect on 1 May. The round is up one on last year when it made up 14 partners, three of which were women (22 April 2013). At the start of this month Pinsent Masons unveiled plans to boost gender […]

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