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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.


Action to clarify Marine Insurance Act

The murky waters of the Marine Insurance Act may become plain sailing following a court decision, reports Roger Pearson. A judgment in a Court of Appeal action will throw new light on the meaning of important provisions in the 1906 Marine Insurance Act which have never before been the subject of court challenge. Insurance brokers […]

Adapting to change

John Cooper says lawyers are set to benefit in the year ahead as financial institutions revamp their regulatory structures in order to combat fraud. John Cooper is a barrister at 7 Stone Buildings. The lessons to be learnt from such notable crimes as those committed by Nick Leeson and those at BCCI lie in the […]

Legal aid review poses threat to justice

Terry Lee questions the serious implications of Lord Irvine’s vision of a ‘brave new world’ for civil justice and the legal aid system, and deplores the effect it is likely to have on litigation. Terry Lee is a partner at Evill and Coleman. The legal profession has responded with enormous concern to the Lord Chancellor’s […]

Link-up with Singapore firm boosts Sinclair Roche in Asia>

In a move aimed at boosting its Asian practice, Sinclair Roche & Temperley has linked up with Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners. The firm’s first international alliance will operate alongside Sinclair Roche’s existing Singapore office, which has 10 English-qualified lawyers. It will also give the firm access to Singapore law capability. Under current Singapore […]

In brief: Biggart Baillie hires Miller Hendry partner

Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has appointed Alan Strain as a litigation partner. Strain has joined from Miller Hendry, where he was a partner and head of litigation in its Dundee office. His appointment is part of Biggart Baillie’s development of a specialist construction law unit.

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