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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.


Deborah Prince: Which?

With its ever-expanding remit, Which? legal chief Deborah Prince is looking for a team to keep up with the needs of the charity. By Jon Parker. Fifty years have passed since the UK charity the Consumers’ Association, now known as Which?, was born out of a Bethnal Green garage in a bid to fight shoddy […]


White Collar Crime: Taken for a ride

Carousel trading costs the EU more than £40bn a year. And governments are still struggling to clamp down on the practice. By Monty Raphael and Neil Swift If you have read a newspaper in the past five years, you could have failed to notice stories about carousel frauds. The UK Government, in common with other […]

Hammonds and Sackers secure landmark Sea Containers decision

Hammonds and Sacker & Partners are giving legal advice to Sea Containers’ pension funds after the Pensions Regulator took steps towards making the company meet the scheme’s deficits. The US company and its UK subsidiary Sea Containers Services, which owns GNER, are both currently going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US. Under that, […]

Former ABN legal chief launches consultancy

The former head of legal at ABN Amro, Laurie Adams, has resurfaced at a coaching and mentoring consultancy alongside former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jeremy Thomas. Outside Insight, which opened its doors for business today, is offering a “lawyers for lawyers” service by providing confidential mentoring to focus on a lawyer’s career aspects, and […]

Kallipetis launches Independent Mediators

Former Littleton Chambers head Michel Kallipetis QC and chief executive David Douglas have reunited to launch a mediation outfit known as Independent Mediators. The duo has teamed up with mediators Bill Marsh, a former director at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and Nicholas Pryor, a former head of legal in the insurance market, to […]

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