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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.


Property boom drives Semple Fraser turnover growth

Scottish firm Semple Fraser has posted a 21 per cent rise in turnover to £13m, the third consecutive year of 20 per cent plus growth. The 24-partner firm is best known for property, with clients including Sir Robert McAlpine, Land Securities and the Resolution Group (formerly Royal and SunAlliance). The firm’s managing partner Alister Fraser […]

Vinson forks out $30m in Enron escape plan

Vinson & Elkins has settled to the tune of $30m (£16.09m) with Enron’s bankruptcy estate in a deal that staves off the threat of civil litigation from the company. The Texas-based firm has also written off around $4m (£2.15m) in fees that it was owed by Enron, while the US media reported the settlement payment […]

Return to splendour

Australasian firms have got their work cut out to retain their talent, but if all else fails they’ll rely on the boomerang effect. By Robert Hanley For young Australasian lawyers, their first trip working overseas is often seen as a basic plank of career development. From Hobart to Darwin, but especially in Sydney, Melbourne and […]

Web of deceit

The internet has opened up a whole new array of opportunities for organised crime. Miranda Moore QC looks at government agencies’ latest measures to tackle it On 1 April 2006, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) came into being, bringing together the National Crime Squad (NCS), the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and parts of […]

Eaga brings Shaw & Co lawyer in-house

Energy efficiency solutions group Eaga Group has appointed Chris Judd as group solicitor from Newcastle’s Shaw & Co. Judd has worked in private practice in the North East for 13 years and qualified as a solicitor in 1989 in London. Judd said he was delighted to join Eaga Group after working for the firm in […]

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