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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.


Bigger than the Beatles

Fiona Callister meets Rex Makin, the anti-authoritarian lawyer who has become an institution in his right. In a side street in Liverpool, just between Thorntons and Ann Summers, are the offices of E Rex Makin, self-proclaimed legend and lawyer to the masses. On the front door is a polite but firm notice to leave prams […]

Give experts time to do their jobs

The firm I work for has recently had its first joint instruction purporting to arise from the Woolf reforms. The point I would like to bring is that when appointing joint experts it is vital to maintain communication. In this case, at the same time as appointing us the case was being settled. Our work […]

Shorter working hours a priority, says EOC chair

A radical rethink of the “long-hours working culture” is needed to create family-friendly working practices, according to Equal Opportunities Commission chair Julie Mellor. In one of her first public speeches since she she became chair, Mellor told the Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Leeds last week that the Government’s Fairness at Work legislation alone […]

LAB boss backs Bar over contract pay

Legal Aid boss Steve Orchard has reassured barristers they are likely to be paid direct under the Government’s block contracting proposals. In what the Legal Aid Board (LAB) called “a speculative speech”, Orchard told last week’s Legal Aid Contracting conference that he saw “no difficulty” in continuing present pay methods under the Access to Justice […]

Rio Tinto

Gold, coal, aluminium, uranium – if it is in the ground, the chances are Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading mining and minerals companies, is digging it up. The group has undergone a fundamental restructuring in the 90s, centred on the creation in 1994 of two separately listed companies for corporate tax purposes. The […]

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