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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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The 60 second interview: Post Office GC on what businesses want from their lawyers

Post Office general counsel Ben Foat talks to The Lawyer ahead of his workshop at the In-house Counsel as Business Partner Conference, in association with EY, explaining the key considerations for transforming the legal function. What are the top three things businesses expect from their in-house lawyers? A strategic business partner that sees the bigger picture and […]

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Freeths secures landmark Post Office victory after £58m settlement

Freeths secured victory for more than 550 former Post Office workers this week as its longstanding group litigation resulted in a settlement for the claimants. Mr Justice Fraser was highly critical of the Post Office in his lengthy verdict stating that its approach to the case amounted to “bare assertions and denials that ignore what […]

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Post Office begins search for new legal panel

The Post Office has set out its stall for a new legal panel, adding that it plans to reduce its existing legal offering to seven firms. In a previous interview with The Lawyer, the Post Office’s legal director Ben Foat revealed that the company had an extensive roster of firms, including CMS Cameron McKenna and Womble Bond […]

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TSB names Post Office GC as new legal head

TSB Bank has named Susan Crichton, previously the Post Office general counsel, as its first general counsel. Crichton joins the bank on 6 January 2014 and will head up the bank’s preparations for an IPO. The appointment follows the recent split of Lloyds TSB Bank. In September Lloyds Banking Group named corporate and M&A head […]

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How WFH could threaten a decade of nearshoring

The seamless transition to working from home has been one of the legal sector’s great recent successes but one overlooked consequence could be the death of the nearshoring trend. Herbert Smith Freehills kicked off the post-recession nearshoring trend in 2011 by setting up shop in Belfast, quickly followed by Allen & Overy’s Belfast office in […]

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