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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.

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Nigeria brings in ADR as part of court reforms

A massive programme of court modernisation is underway in Nigeria, aimed at stamping out delays and corruption in the legal system. The changes are the result of civil justice reforms brought in earlier this year, the most significant of which is the introduction of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centres handling mediations and arbitrations in the […]

Mallesons new chief confirmed as HK merger forges ahead

The management change-over at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques is scheduled for next week (9 August) as the firm’s Hong Kong-based managing partner returns to Sydney to become chief executive partner. Robert Milliner will succeed Tony D’Aloisio who will leave the firm in October to become chief executive and managing director of the Australian Stock […]

Work-life quiz

Peter Crossley, head of commercial dispute resolution, Hammonds What was your first ever job? A disc jockey at a discount store near Durban, South Africa. What was your worst experience as a trainee? In South Africa, being involved in two separate motor accidents while driving partners’ cars – neither were my fault, honest. Where’s the […]

Part-time option opens up for judges

Constitutional affairs secretary Lord Falconer announced today (4 August) that part-time sitting will be an option for all judicial appointments below High Court level from next April. The move is intended to increase diversity in the judiciary by allowing more people to take up a judicial appointment. A working group set up to investigate the […]

Separated at birth

The assembled throng at The Lawyer Awards in June was astounded when Martin Clunes, still best known for his role in the seminal 1990s lads-com Men Behaving Badly, bounded up on stage to collect the Niche Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Yorkshire firm Gordons. The Wimbledon-born Clunes has clearly been tiring of […]

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