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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.


Rod Findlay: Rugby Football League

With its first in-house lawyer in place, the Rugby Football League is getting tough on both drugs and external advisers. “It was a bit of a gamble, for sure,” says Rod Findlay of the switch to sports law after 10 years at Newcastle firm Samuel Phillips, where he was a partner. It is unclear, though, […]

Irwin Mitchell slams Govt over vCJD compensation scheme

The Irwin Mitchell partner advising 150 families affected by the human form of mad cow disease has hit out at the Department of Health’s (DoH) handling of the compensation scheme set up to support his clients. David Body told The Lawyer: “The trust deed has been drafted in a particularly elliptical and unhelpful way. I […]

FFW PEP rises 19 per cent

Revenues at Field Fisher Waterhouse has hit the £60m mark, boosting turnover by 15% this year. Profit per equity partner also showed solid double digit growth, breaking through the £400k barrier to reach £466k, an increase of 19%. The firm is on course to meet its target turnover of £75m by 2008, a figure which […]

Hammonds set to take harder line on partner departures

Hammonds is to radically reform the way it handles resignations and notice periods of departing partners once the firm’s 14-month lock-in ends in June. The firm is considering a range of measures that will help to cut down on the number of departures in any one year. Hammonds’ options include extending its current six-month notice period to a […]

Government approves new conflict rules

The government has finally approved the Law Society’s new conflicts of interest rules, nearly a year after they were drafted. The rules, clarifying what solicitors must do in cases of conflicts of interest and with regard to confidentiality and disclosure, prompted a barrage of criticism when they were published in June 2005. The proposals were […]

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