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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.



The Liverpool office of Davies Wallis Foyster advised Hoylake-based publishing company the Newhall Group in a repurchase of 22.5 per cent of its own shares. Black Norman & Co in Crosby acted for the vendor.

Human rights/prisons. Should we sentence our judges to prison?

Should prison visiting play any part in the training of a judge? How many of the judges pictured outside Westminster Abbey at the start of this legal year have ever been inside a jail? Should they be more aware of what goes on day after day behind the prison’s walls? I have just spent two […]

Ex-barrister takes helm at Wragges

FORMER barrister Quentin Poole has been named as the new managing partner of Birmingham firm Wragge & Co, 14 years after switching to the solicitor’s profession. Poole takes over from Christopher Hughes who returns full-time to the corporate department. Hughes, described by Poole as one of the region’s “hard-hitters”, previously held the post for two […]

Court IT. In the running for the legal system

EDS Subsidiary of General Motors based in Plano, Texas. Worldwide turnover of $10.05 billion in 1994. Operations in 40 countries, with 80,000 employees. Offices in 20 European countries, with 16,000 staff. In 1994, increased European turnover by 29 per cent to $1.8 billion. Market leader in IT outsourcing. Relevant experience Has IT outsourcing contracts with […]

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

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