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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.


Mixed grill

Law firm interviews just go on and on, these days It is a stereotype universally acknowledged that lawyers can be a little lacking in the personality department, so it is bemusing to learn that ultra-cautious senior partners are conducting personality tests on potential hires in the pub. Yet, shock horror, candidates who believed they had […]

Kirkland partner and judge hired to tackle Fifa corruption allegations

Football’s world governing organisation Fifa has instructed Kirkland & Ellis partner Michael Garcia to investigate allegations of corruption alongside German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. The move, which was announced at a news conference yesterday, sees the duo co-chair Fifa’s new two-chamber ethics body, with Garcia investigating corruption and Eckert leading the judicial chamber. Garcia, who has […]


Stibbe partner seeks new challenge in wake of collapse of Herbert Smith alliance

The Stibbe partner who was in charge of managing Herbert Smith’s international alliance before it disbanded in 2011 is leaving the firm to establish a boutique. Stibbe partner Olivier Clevenbergh, who was the secretary general in charge of the alliance between Herbert Smith, German firm Gleiss Lutz and Benelux firm Stibbe, told The Lawyer that […]

Andrew Lilley

Travers Smith sees PEP soar by 24 per cent at end of strong 2011-12

Travers Smith has posted a 16 per cent increase in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) jumping 24 per cent despite a static equity partner count. The City firm brought in £83.8m in fees across the year, an increase on £72m in 2010-11, marking the firm’s first revenue […]

Norton Rose adds another magic circle partner with CC ship finance hire

Clifford Chance shipping finance head Simon Lew has left the firm to join Norton Rose after 16 years as a partner at the firm. The City partner, who led Clifford Chance’s shipping finance practice for the past five years, focuses on structured finance, leasing and restructuring within the shipping and offshore sectors as well as […]

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