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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.


Norton Rose in Bahrain labour focus

Norton Rose is advising the Kingdom of Bahrain on new employment laws. Following a report by consultants McKinsey & Co, the Crown Prince of Bahrain launched a reform of the labour market. It found that the workforce is dominated by cheap workers from abroad and that Bahrain’s unemployment level is set to rise dramatically in […]

Legal & General shake-up: Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf

Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf” />Slaughter and May will have to share its role with Linklaters as principal corporate adviser to Legal & General (L&G) following the completion of a radical review of the FTSE 100 insurance company’s UK law firm panel. Linklaters has won L&G as a new corporate client after scooping a […]

Herbert Smith elects new corporate chief

Herbert Smith is today expected to confirm Michael Walter as the new head of the firm’s corporate practice. Walter will replace incumbent Caroline Goodall who decided not to stand for re-election following the completion of her five year term. Goodall took over from Richard Bond when he became senior partner in July 2000. Meanwhile, Herbert […]

Mallesons snaps up Linklaters partner for Hong Kong expansion

Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has boosted its Hong Kong office with the appointment of Linklaters banking and finance partner Steven Christopher. Christopher, who left in September, has been appointed as part of Mallesons’ continued expansion in the region and follows the firm’s merger with local practice Kwok & Yih in October. Commenting on the […]

RAC slates proposals to raise small PI claim limit to £5,000

The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “Raising the small claims limit is throwing the baby out with […]

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