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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.


Fuller figures

The string of mega profit increases raises questions about whether firms are being consistent with reporting results. The truth is, they’re probably not First, an apology. This piece really should have been written a long time ago. Years of reporting law firms’ revenues and profits have generated at least anecdotal evidence that there is an […]

Halliwells’ top brass vows to grow

Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin has declared his intention to drive his firm into the UK’s top 25 in the wake of his re-election. Austin and senior partner Alec Craig were both re-elected in an uncontested election for a further four-year term. Craig has now been senior partner since September 2000, while Austin was first […]

Taking over takeovers

As in the case of Glencore, the Australian Takeovers Panel has the threat of judicial review hanging over it – and the UK panel should sit up and take note, say Bill Koeck and Matthew Dobson Last November the UK Takeover Panel regulated the secret building of stakes in takeover targets through the use of […]

Watsons gears up for launch of City office

Newcastle-based Watson Burton is set to launch a new office in London within the next six months. The City office will focus on property, construction and insurance work and will be the first presence in the capital for a North East firm. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle said: “We’ve gone there primarily to win more quality […]

Former Andersen group Taxand expands

Taxand Global Alliance, the network of independent tax firms born from the ashes of Andersen Legal, has signed up eight new firms. The group has signed up new members in Canada, China, Cyprus, Norway, Romania, Portugal, Colombia, and Peru. Taxand was launched 15 months ago in March 2005. “Taxand’s remarkable growth has exceeded our highest […]

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