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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 best of the up-and-coming

One family law solicitor explains that because of the personal and subjective aspects involved in family law, solicitors in this area tend to return to the “tried and tested” counsel. This is the case for both leaders and juniors, as well as the chambers which are used. Again it is mainly the sets wit the […]

Herbert Smith wins electricity contract

City firm Herbert Smith has won the contract against two other firms to advise the 14 electricity companies of England, Wales and Scotland on implementing full competition in 19 months time. Business customers of the privatised electricity companies are already able to choose their supplier, but from 1 April 1998 all 23 million individual customers […]

An advocate of training

I was interested to see the Focus article on advocacy training published in The Lawyer 13 August . The College of Law strongly agrees that advocacy can be taught. We have found trainees making the same faults as those listed in your article and we have seen others which Michael Bowes no doubt also will […]

Lockerbie. When the rule book is thrown out

It is a cliche of modern life that when events of great significance occur, people remember where they were or what they were doing when the news broke. My first experience of this was the freezing November night when I heard of the assassination of President Kennedy. I was nine. More examples followed: man landed […]

Lawyers forge Lockerbie plan

Leading lawyers have hammered out a plan that could end the stalemate blocking the trial of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing. The Libyans are refusing to leave their country because they do not believe they would get a fair trial in the US and the UK, but say they would accept a […]

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