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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.



Experts in the dock’, screamed one broadsheet headline in January 2004 after the Court of Appeal quashed Angela Cannings’ conviction for murdering two of her children. The Court of Appeal said that in cases such as Cannings’ it will often be unsafe to proceed to trial if the outcome would depend on a serious disagreement […]

Cobbetts Lee Crowder loses property partner to Pinsents

Cobbetts Lee Crowder has lost property partner Jeni Gee to Pinsents’ Birmingham office. Gee, a member of Cobbetts Lee Crowder’s social housing property team, specialises in acquisitions and disposals of sites from local authorities, developers and private companies. Gee, a salaried partner since 2003, is joining Pinsents as an associate. She is leaving Cobbets Lee […]

Covington in international arbitration drive

Covington & Burling’s London office is taking the plunge into international arbitration after recruiting a partner from Coudert Brothers. Robert Pietrowski is stepping into the newly-created role of head of the firm’s European arbitration practice. Although arbitration is a large feature in Covington & Burling’s overseas offices, Pietrowski’s appointment is a first for London, where […]

Schroders slashes more than 100 from global legal panel

Schroders has completed an extensive panel review, dumping more than 100 advisers to create a roster of 11 firms. As first revealed on news on 5 April, the 11-strong panel, which will remain in force for three years, comprises: Allen & Overy (A&O); Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP); Hong Kong-based Deacons; Luxembourg-based Elvingers; Eversheds; Linklaters; Boston-based […]

Harper Macleod to set up corpfin arm

Scotland’s Harper Mac-leod has launched a standalone corporate finance arm to target small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). HM Corporate Finance Solutions will advise clients on a broad range of corporate finance deals valued at up to £25m, including mergers, acquisitions, management buyouts/buy-ins, private equity and debt fund raisings. Harper Macleod senior corporate partner Donnie Munro […]

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