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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.


US partners get all clear from police

TWO London-based partners of a US firm arrested over an alleged $US50 million money laundering operation have been completely exonerated by the police and the CPS. The Faegre & Benson partners were also awarded around £20,000 in costs after a Mareva injunction freezing their assets was lifted. It had been alleged that they had laundered […]

Dentons casts a net for Spanish work

CITY firm Denton Hall has signed up Boodle Hatfield’s Anglo-Spanish law team in a drive to win work in Spanish-speaking countries. Antonio Irastorza and his team will target both domestic and foreign clients within the corporate department. Irastorza, who headed the Boodle’s team, becomes a Denton Hall partner and brings his former colleagues Javier Lasa […]

Environment expert for A&O specialists

ALLEN & Overy has appointed a scientist-turned-lawyer to boost one of its fastest growing areas of practice. Trevor Adams joined the firm’s environmental group from Ashurst Morris Crisp last week. He will work under department head Owen Lomas as an associate and will be involved in major privatisations. Adams took a PhD in environmental chemistry […]

Unions claim LCD has closures 'hit list'

TRADES unions are accusing the Lord Chancellor’s Department of secrecy over plans to close between 13-15 of its probate offices. The unions say the LCD will reveal its “hit list” as late as possible “to diffuse expected opposition from the public and MPs”. Ear-marked for closure are the sub-probate registry offices which cover remote areas […]

Mears attacks Hayes in leaked letter

LAW Society president Martin Mears has accused John Hayes of deliberately excluding him from a key decision in a leaked letter revealing the true extent of his hostility towards the secretary general. In the memo to Law Society council members, Mears accuses Hayes of acting outside “the spirit” of his authority in negotiating departing Solicitors’ […]

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