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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.


Peas in a pod

Two peas in a pod? A closer look at Travers and Macfarlanes

Is there any difference between Travers and Macfarlanes? Travers Smith and Macfarlanes. Macfarlanes and Travers Smith. The two City firms are often thrown haphazardly into the same bucket labelled ’private equity strengths, conservative management approach and international outlook’.  It’s fair to say that the two firms do have their similarities. Both are historically known as […]


Ashurst latest to set diversity targets in bid to improve gender representation

Ashurst is aiming to ensure that 40 per cent of all partner promotions are female by 2018 as well as handing a quarter of management positions to women in a radical overhaul of the firm’s diversity policy. The gender targets were set at the firm’s first board meeting since its full financial merger with Blake […]

Carl Weston

The Lawyer Management Q&A: Flint Bishop

Carl Weston has been head of marketing at Derby firm Flint Bishop since 2006 What’s your advice for anyone wanting to go into the industry?   If you want to go into marketing you need a thick skin. If you want to get in legal marketing, you need to be armour platted. That might sound […]

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