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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.


Bird & Bird IT partner flies nest for Osbornes

Osborne Clarke has boosted its growing London IT practice with the poaching of a partner from IT specialist Bird & Bird. Rory Graham joined Osbornes on 1 July. He will continue his work as a specialist commercial legal adviser to suppliers and users of services in IT and telecommunications, digital media and large-scale outsourcing. Graham […]

Law Soc committee slams Govt consultation on FSA

THE LAW SOCIETY’S company law committee has attacked the Government for the “piecemeal” way it has handled the consultation exercise on the rules for the new super-watchdog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The committee criticises the different approaches to consultation between the Treasury and the FSA, which “make it difficult to comment on consultation papers […]

Garnier probes Govt on Litigation Protection

TORY legal affairs spokesman Edward Garnier QC has asked the Government whether it has assessed the “viability and integrity” of high-profile legal expenses insurer Litigation Protection. In a series of written questions answered by Geoff Hoon last week, Garnier probed the Government’s relationship with the company, which has recently lost two underwriters, and asked Hoon […]

Silverbeck Rymer defection

Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer has lost its entire company and commercial department just two years after plans to expand the practice. Three partners, all of whom joined the firm within the last 24 months – Clive Mackintosh, John Shield and Howard Jones – quit the firm last month to set up a new firm, JST […]

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