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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.


Press fails in court reports

Because of shifting news values and cutbacks to editorial budgets, the press is failing to cover key civil and criminal court cases. Cases reflecting societal inequalities, corruption and injustice are going unreported. While every national newspaper last month carried the prosecution of It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson for speeding, cases revealing police corruption, pension fraud and […]

Muck flies in design rights appeal

A dispute over unregistered design rights in the Court of Appeal has broken new ground in intellectual property law. The machine at the centre of the dispute is a slurry separator, designed to displace the dung heap and the muck-spreader from the English rural landscape. In March 1997, Farmers Build, which marketed the separator, claimed […]

Cleaning up on money laundering

John Rhodes, Macfarlanes Brian Spiro, Simons Muirhead & Burton Clare Montgomery QC, 3 Raymond Buildings City lawyers who were caught napping over the latest developments in the battle against international tax evasion, could find themselves inadvertently heading for jail. The UK’s money laundering regulations – and the tough reporting duties they impose on professional advisers […]

Judging a book by its cover

SEAN Brierley (City Lawyer last week) is right to remind us that a colourful new brand is no substitute for a good reputation grounded on giving a great service to existing clients. Any firms that have forgotten this are in real trouble. Similarly, over-obsessiveness about mentions in the legal press is an ailment that affects […]

University challenger

RETIRED North London local government solicitor Lance Haward, 62, knows no fear – not even when confronted by Jeremy Paxman. His replies came so fast during last week’s episode of University Challenge, that a flabbergasted Paxman tripped over his words, spluttering “Blimey!” Haward says the thrill of quiz shows is “gladiatorial” and has already notched […]

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