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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.


Field Fisher lands Osborne Clarke partner

Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Osborne Clarke employment partner David Fisher. Fisher, who was based at Osborne Clarke’s London office, specialises in both contentious and non-contentious employment. First revealed on 4 February

Theodores forever

If the firm pulls off that merger it’s been struggling to secure for over a year, then the name Theodore Goddard may be no more. At least anti-merger Theodores partners can take some small comfort from the fact that the firm’s name and the fearsome reputation of its libel lawyers have been immortalised in the […]

A&O relocates Paris derivatives partner to London

Allen & Overy (A&O) derivatives partner Edward Murray has returned to London after nearly four years in Paris. Murray’s responsibilities in Paris will be absorbed by Pierre Gissinger, who heads the Paris derivatives practice, and international capital markets partner Dan Lauder. The scaling back of English law is a response to currrent market conditions. First […]

Freshfields appoints contentious insurance boss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Raj Parker as head of its contentious insurance group. Parker has a wide practice area covering insurance, public administrative and sports law. One of his biggest clients is the Football Association. First revealed on 4 February

Simmons wins Barclays job ahead of panel review

Simmons & Simmons has been instructed by Barclays Bank on its £35m acquisition of broker Charles Schwab Europe. The appointment comes as Barclays reviews its entire panel for external legal advisers, a process that will be completed over the next few months. The bank is also combing the market for a new general counsel to […]

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