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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.


Rowe & Maw plans Hong Kong office

City firm Rowe & Maw is set to open in Hong Kong next year. The firm is talking exclusively to an unnamed Chinese law firm. A Rowe & Maw source says the firm is finalising plans for the tie-up. He says: “We are in discussions about opening up in Hong Kong. We have been in […]

Scottish Justices of the Peace under threat

The Scottish civil rights lawyer who put the country’s temporary sheriffs out of a job is now examining a possible challenge to the validity of Scotland’s Justices of the Peace. Jim Keegan last week threw the Scottish criminal justice system into chaos when he won a landmark ruling that the Government was breaching the European […]

The top five public silks

Matheu Swallow reveals the top five silks at the administrative and public bar and what it is that that got them there. Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC Blackstone Chambers Called to the bar: 1963 Appointed QC: 1Professional achievements/associations: Baron, Life Peer, 1993; special adviser to Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins) 1974-76; Standing Commission on Human […]

John Russell

John Russell is the latest lawyer to leave Simmons & Simmons. Abigail Townsend meets a man who gets as much of a buzz out of capital markets as he does from off-piste skiing.

Working holidays in black and white

In her letter to The Lawyer (1 November) commenting on my article of 18 October, Rosemary Curtin of Learned Friends asserts that employing a working holidaymaker who is a qualified solicitor as a temporary paralegal “does not contravene the visa restrictions as currently enforced by the Home Office”. She then says that the prohibition on […]

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