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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.


Partner quits Hammonds on good terms after 21 years to boost small firm

A former partner at Hammond Suddards has chosen to move to a much smaller Leeds firm, Nelson & Co. Ian Shuttleworth, a partner at Hammond Suddards for 18 years, approached nine-partner Nelson & Co himself and joined as a partner last week. A specialist in commercial property and construction law, he plans to build up […]

HR&K puts its faith in niche team

City firm Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer has absorbed the banking and finance department of Bromley firm Hill Bailey. Under an unusual arrangement, the department will still operate in Hill Bailey’s offices as a satellite of the City firm. HR&K will gain a new portfolio of clients, mostly mortgage companies, and seven fee earners. None of […]

High Court swings to rock 'n' roll actions

Even if they have little interest in the music, it seems High Court judges can keep up-to-date with pop’s trends by the litigation coming before them. After a recent hearing before Mr Justice Rattee, counsel Gregory Banner revealed the all-out royalties battle between members of chart-topping group Oasis and their ex-drummer Anthony McCarroll is still […]

Berwins spends on full IT revamp

Alison Laferla reports City firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to “leapfrog the competition”. The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system. The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has […]

Charles Marquand sees problems for insider dealing charges.

Charles Marquand is a barrister at 3 New Square. Recent reports (The Lawyer 25 June 1996) suggested that the losers in the recent copper market turmoil were considering whether to start litigation under section 62 Financial Services Act 1986 for losses arising from insider dealing. They may be disappointed. Section 62 (1) of the Act […]

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