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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.



Shakespeares has been appointed legal adviser to the Technology Innovation Centre which will be located at Millennium Point in Digbeth, Birmingham. The scheme’s funders include the EU and the Millennium Commission. Shakespeares’ team is led by senior partner Tony Jones.

Jeremy Hertzog on emails and anti-competitive behaviour

Jeremy Hertzog is a solicitor in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya. More than a year after the issue of libel proceedings, BG (formerly British Gas) last week paid Andrew Duffield and Exoteric Gas Solutions (EGS) the very substantial sum of £101,000 for defamation by email. Mr Duffield, ex-head of engineering at BG, […]

Give reorganised CPS a chance

The profession should get behind the CPS following its shake-up, says the Attorney General, John Morris QC. Last month I announced the Government’s final response to the report by Sir Iain Glidewell on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Although much work remains to be done on implementation, this is a key moment of transition, and […]

Silk quits 39 Essex St for Brick Court

One of the country’s top public law silks is abandoning Bar Council chairman Dan Brennan’s set to join “magic circle” commercial chambers, Brick Court. Richard Gordon QC is the second barrister to leave 39 Essex Street in a month. He is quitting, he says, because Brick Court offers a European dimension. Judicial review and human […]

Flotations & Financing

Eversheds is acting for Kingston upon Hull City Council on the £141.5m flotation of its telecommunications business operated by Kingston Communications (Hull), advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Linklaters & Alliance is acting for Deutsche Bank AG London and Robert Fleming & Co, joint global co-ordinators and joint sponsors for the offer. Corporate finance partners Rob […]

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