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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.


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 […]

Mishcons hit by partner exodus

Five partners, including Princess Diana’s divorce lawyer Maggie Rae, are leaving Mishcon de Reya following a wholesale partnership shake-up at the troubled firm. The highly-rated Rae will join entertainment firm Clintons in February next year, together with fellow partner Elizabeth Vernon and two assistants. Mishcon’s head of media Jonathan Cameron and junior partner Mimi Curran […]

Lawyer IT conference

Applications are invited for the 11th annual two-day conference, Information Systems for Lawyers, sponsored by The Lawyer, and held at the London Marriott hotel on 23 and 24 February. Highlights include innovations from the US and new research on IT training. For further details call Centaur Conferences on 0171 970 4770.

Wiggin & Co partner joins pay-TV

WIGGIN & Co partner Stephen Cook (pictured above) has joined longstanding client Flextech as its general counsel and an executive director. Cook’s appointment is a boost for the #850m pay-TV company, which was hit by the death in August of its group chief executive Roger Luard. Cook has advised Flextech – the owner of interests […]

How the South West is run

The largest region in England, the South West has a crop of heavyweight law firms. But, asks Alison Laferla, does the region have a definable legal identity? “As far as we are concerned, Swindon is in London.” This remark, voiced by a Plymouth lawyer, captures the dilemma facing anyone hoping to promote the South West […]

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