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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.


Transcriber wins franchise to sell court display podium

COURT transcription service Smith Bernal has held talks with several City law firms with a view to introducing high-tech US-style “litigators’ podiums” into the UK courts. Smith Bernal – the supplier of on-line court transcription service LiveNote – has won the franchise to distribute technology supplier DOAR Group’s Document Evidence Presentation System (DEPS), which is […]

Common investment is sweet charity

Solicitors involved with smaller charities should consider common investment funds to make the most of the money they raise, argues Garon Watkins. Garon Watkins is director of the charities division at Lazard Asset Management. What are the options available to those solicitors confronted with issues of charity investment management? They will be aware that charities […]

Globalisation will kill off equal pay

Merit-based compensation will replace lock-step as firms go international, writes Jeffrey Gordon. Jeffrey Gordon is a partner at US firm Mayer Brown & Platt. Most big-firm lawyers regard lock-step compensation, where all partners of equal seniority receive equal pay, as the most desirable compensation system for a law firm – if the firm can afford […]

New kids on the block get tough

Big companies are becoming sophisticated buyers of legal services. Stronger relationships between clients and firms and tighter control of costs, has resulted in a virtual freezing of firms’ fees. Such developments promise to make the next recession much tougher than the last for law firms. The reason for this, as testified by the success of […]

Insurers not too keen on lawyers

My firm specialises in CPD legal training. With the furore over opting out of SIF, we approached Lloyds to undertake a course discussing opt-out options. I am strongly in favour of opting out, but my discussions with the insurance industry were eye-opening. I have seen little evidence of in-depth investigation as to alternative costs and […]

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