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Womble Bond Dickinson recognised at The Planet Mark Awards 2022

25 Jan 2023
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has once again been recognised for its commitment to sustainability, winning two awards at The Planet Mark Awards 2022. The event recognises organisations and individuals that have gone above and beyond to maximise their impact in three key areas of carbon reduction and sustainability – measure, engage and communicate.
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UK and Europe: onshore wind plans - who's ahead and who's behind?

25 Jan 2023
Chris Towner, Partner and commercial specialist in the energy sector at Womble Bond Dickinson, joined Finlay McCutcheon, Director for Onshore Renewables at SSE Renewables, and Ed Reed, Editor at Energy Voice, for the fifth episode of the Bigger, Faster, Better podcast series from Energy Voice. You can listen to the episode here.

Together, they explored the challenges and opportunities for the UK and Europe in rolling out more wind plans.
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The Financial Services and Markets Bill

24 Jan 2023
The Financial Services and Markets Bill was introduced into Parliament on 20 July 2022. While the Bill progresses through the parliamentary passage, several consultations on implementing its provisions are already underway.
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Frosty reception: Iceland Foods' only EU trade marks invalidated

19 Jan 2023
In December 2022, the European Union (EU) Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Grand Board of Appeal decided to cancel EU trade mark registrations belonging to Iceland Foods Limited (IFL) for ICELAND and the figurative mark (right). The Grand Board confirmed the earlier invalidity decisions stating that the marks in question would be perceived by the relevant public as indicating that the goods and services provided under the marks originate from Iceland, as opposed to from IFL. The decision (at publishing, still subject to appeal) could mean that IFL loses all of its EU-wide registered trade mark protection for its key brand; these are the only EU trade mark registrations belonging to IFL on record. 

WBD appoints new Head of Claims

18 Jan 2023
International law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has strengthened its UK-wide insurance offering with the appointment of Robert Holme, a highly experienced insurance practitioner, who joins the firm's London office as Head of Claims.
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Six things you should do now as PFI contract expiry nears

18 Jan 2023
The Public Accounts Committee believe that over the next ten years, approximately 200 PFI contracts will expire with an asset value in the region of £10 billion.

The Infrastructure Projects Authority’s (IPA) guidance on PFI expiry advice highlights the importance of forward planning; advising that the process of planning for expiry and transition should commence seven years prior to the expiry date of the contract. The National Audit Office (NAO) believes that many public sector bodies risk underestimating the time, resources and complexity involved in managing the end of PFI contracts.