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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.


Firm sues for libel over fax

West END solicitors The Grangewoods Partnership is suing another West End law firm for libel damages over an unsigned fax. The Grangewoods Partnership has issued a High Court writ claiming libel damages from the 31-partner Forsyte Saunders Kerman of New Cavendish Street. Grangewoods claims Forsyte sent it a libellous, typewritten, unsigned fax on 23 August. […]

Litigation Writs 17/09/96

A man who was hit by a car last June after he fell into the road following a row outside a pub, is suing the driver of the vehicle, Scott Mills, of Collier Row, Essex, for damages. Andrew Hurrell, 33, who spent three weeks in hospital and is permanently incapacitated by nerve damage to his […]

In brief: David Wallen settles action

David Wallen, a solicitor who, until last November, was a partner in Robin Thompson & Partners, has settled his libel action against the Birmingham Post. The paper had alleged that Wallen had assaulted the husband of his opponent, a litigant in person, after a hearing at Birmingham County Court, aggravating his stomach abscess and causing […]

Deadlock over Lockerbie trial

The British, German and American governments have deliberately created deadlock over the Lockerbie trial because evidence against the two accused Libyans “would not last five minutes in court”, said Jim Swire, father of a Lockerbie victim. In a moving speech at the Lockerbie seminar, Swire asked the lawyers present “to rise up and demand that […]

Security workshop

“Internet Security for Lawyers” is a one-day workshop being organised by First Base. Topics covered include firewalls, encryption, personnel security and the risks of using the Internet. Speakers include Nigel Miller, of Fox Williams. Each delegate will receive a free copy of Internet Firewalls & Network Security and a conference pack. The workshop costs £195 […]

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