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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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Risk of lawyer uninsurability ahead of SRA reform

Lawyers could become an uninsurable risk if the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) fails to reform the professional indemnity (PI) insurance regulations. The warning comes ahead of a crunch meeting between the regulator, leading solicitors’ PI insurers and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), at which the market will demand a series of reforms aimed at ­stemming rising […]

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Weightmans reelects managing partner as turnover rises to £56.2m

Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul has been reelected for another term as the firm posts turnover growth of eight per cent for the last financial year. Gaul, who stood uncontested for the top job, said the firm brought in £56.2m for 2009-10, an increase on the previous year’s total of £52m. Average profit per equity […]

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Applications for vac schemes skyrocket

Graduate recruitment partners have reported a marked increase in ­applications for vacation scheme placements this year as competition for training contracts soars. Of the firms surveyed, Bird & Bird reported one of the highest increases at 71 per cent, after the number of applications this year rocketed from approximately 700 to 1,200. Head of graduate and trainee management […]

Latham and A&O emerge as biggest hirers and firers

The two global firms believed to have made the most redundancies over the past two years have also been the most active in the recruitment market, figures obtained by The Lawyer reveal. Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy (A&O) made the most lateral hires of the Sweet Sixteen transatlantic firms, with a total of […]

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