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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.


Will Europe steal a march on the City?

Judith Mayhew, chairman, Wilde Sapte Alan Peck, chief executive, Freshfields Dorothy Livingston, partner, Herbert Smith Might the City be about to lose its position as the world’s leading financial centre to Paris or Frankfurt? According to the report Le Prix de l’Euro, published last week by an independent financial think-tank, factors ranging from the growth […]

Next week's news

A verdict from the Law Lords on whether General Augusto Pinochet has diplomatic imm-unity is expected. An earlier decision was scuttled when it was revealed that Lord Hoffman had links with Amnesty International.

Criticism falls on deaf ears

Ninety-five per cent of soldiers in one Irish army barracks are claiming compensation for deafness – and Defence Minister Michael Smith maintains that the country’s legal profession and the judiciary are mainly to blame. Smith argues that the flood of claims, which now stands at 11,500 – more than the total strength of the Irish […]

Property:Couderts develops euro electronic exchange

US firm Coudert Brothers’ growing capital markets practice in London is working on a unique European project for trading euro-denominated government bonds. The firm is helping set up a City-based electronic exchange that it says will give international banks a faster, cheaper and more liquid alternative to “over the counter” trading. Couderts partner Dean Poster […]

Capitalising on shoddy legal service in Europe

SUCH IS the renewed expansion of British firms into Europe, the impression is that all you need to do to succeed is see a partner and a few assistants off with a phrasebook at the airport and sit back and wait for the euros to roll in. In the past few weeks, The Lawyer has […]

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