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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.


Vizards sets up City base

Vizards, the Holborn-based London insurance and commercial firm, is opening a City office for the first time in its 200 year history. The move follows demand from its institutional clients and Lloyd’s syndicates who want the firm’s insurance lawyers to be closer to hand in a self-sufficient City team. The new City office opens with […]

Commercial Court Judges

There are 10 Commercial Court judges, six of whom sit at any one time. Those judges who are not sitting in the Court are either out on circuit, in the Court of Appeal Civil Division or in the Queen’s Bench Division. The quality of the judges is often commented on by City solicitors. Mr Justice […]

Bermans' recruit builds up brewery business

LANCASHIRE law firm Bermans has recruited licensing specialist Nigel Copeland to head up its new North West licensing and leisure department alongside existing partner David Gledhill. Copeland, previously with Copeland Lyons, is an established specialist in the licensing field. Anthony Lyons, senior partner at Copeland Lyons, will continue to operate the firm in the licensing […]

In brief: Conditional fees to go to Parliament

Conditional fee regulations are due to be put before Parliament by Lord Mackay imminently, according to the Lord Chancellor’s Department. The Law Society is also gearing up for the arrival of the long awaited “no win no fee” rules and is putting the final touches to a model agreement for solicitors and clients which it […]

A&O fishes for Boodles' head of IP

ALLEN & Overy has poached the head of Boodle Hatfield’s intellectual property department. Stephen Jones, a partner at Boodle Hatfield, joins Allen & Overy next month as a senior associate. Allen & Overy IP partner Catriona Smith says the firm approached Jones for the position which involves co-ordinating IP pharmaceutical matters. He will replace Alan […]

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