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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.


Typists' last bastion?

Arabella McIntyre Brown discovers that not all lawyers are willing, or able, to recognise secretaries’ value. Arabella McIntyre Brown is a freelance journalist. Talk of speech recognition software that will enable lawyers to dictate straight on to their desktop computers has got equity partners excited about all the typists’ salaries that they will be able […]

Time for innovation

Staff must be involved in any implementation of IT in the firm, says Andrew Levison. Andrew Levison is head of legal IT at The David Andrews Partnership. Firms have had some success in automating standard procedures such as accounts, time recording, debt collection and uninsured loss recovery. However, only a tiny minority of firms has […]

In brief: SPG referral scheme set for launch

Firms which do not want to get directly involved in the housing market will still be able to make money through referring clients to their property selling colleagues. The Solicitors Property Group is set to launch a referral scheme whereby firms can pass on property selling clients to other solicitors for a fee which is […]

Solicitors indemnity fund. Shopping around for insurance

Wendy Gray finds that SIF rules raise more questions than answers and suggests looking to the open market for insurance. Wendy Gray is a sole practitioner based in London. As a sole practitioner I had accepted without question that I must obtain my professional indemnity cover through the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). However on 7 […]

W&J Burness' private client unit jumps ship for Turcan Connell

The Seven-partner private client department of Edinburgh firm W&J Burness is to join Turcan Connell. Five of the team are joining Edinburgh-based Turcan Connell as partners, while the other two will become consultants. Turcan Connell will also acquire the Guernsey office of W&J Burness when the deal goes ahead in December when it will have […]

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