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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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Baltics

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins split to form new alliances

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous have both split up, with the two reforming to establish new alliances spanning the region. LAWIN’s Latvian and Lithuanian offices have joined forces with Raidla’s Estonian office to form Ellex, while Raidla’s Latvian and Lithuanian offices, together with Lawin Estonia, are teaming up to set up Cobalt. […]

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advises Staffline on £34.5m acquisition of A4e Ltd

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised AIM-traded Staffline on its £34.5m acquisition of A4e Ltd, creating one of the UK’s largest Work Programme providers. Staffline, the staffing services, outsourcing, training, and Employability organisation, has acquired the entire issued share capital of A4e Limited, a leading welfare to work and employment training provider, for £23.5m […]

Dentons appeals €60,000 damages award in French employment case

When is a merger not a merger? When it concerns Dentons in France, according to arguments in a recent employment case. A former SNR Denton secretary sued the firm for unfair dismissal, claiming that it should not have laid her off in the weeks running up to the tie-up between Salans and SNR Denton in […]

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on US again in record 51-partner promotions round

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up a record 51 partners in its latest promotions round, the second since its merger in 2013. The number of appointments has been steadily growing since 2013, when the firm promoted 33 new partners (2 June 2013). In 2014 following the merger with Houston energy firm Fulbright & Jaworski, the […]

Orrick becomes latest international firm to slim down German presence

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe this week became the latest in a string of mainly US-headquartered firms to slim down its German offering. The firm announced it was closing in Frankfurt and Berlin, leaving the future of five partners and several other lawyers in doubt. Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe this week became the latest in a […]

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