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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.


It's been a good week for

Journalists, after Mr Justice Jacobs’ High Court ruling that Punch magazine (above) did not have to reveal its sources to The Mirror newspaper. The Mirror took Punch to court in order to obtain leaked documents which revealed the paper’s attitudes towards women and its financial performance. Punch was awarded £9,000 in costs. Birdman Richard Geiger. […]

A View from Paris

While the resolution adopted by the American Bar Association (ABA) this month against multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) has recently hit the headlines, the French wrangle has been rumbling on for years. The current situation in France is very much a product of the legal profession’s history. Until 1990 there were two main legal professions. One was […]

Suspended firms back on Axa panel

Berrymans Lace Mawer and Kennedys are returning to Axa’s panel after the insurer finally lifted a six-month suspension on the two firms. Kennedys’ Brentwood off-ice and Berrymans’ London office had been prohibited from handling any high volume claims litigation work for the insurer earlier this year after they failed to comply with protocol (The Lawyer, […]

Landwell's Swiss arm hires chiefs

Landwell, the global legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is bolstering its Swiss practice through a series of lateral hires. Associated firm Suter & Partners, which already has a presence in Zurich, Geneva and St Gall, is also opening an office in Lausanne. Michel Renaud and Christophe Wilhelm will head the Lausanne operation as managing partner and […]

Gray's Inn Tax hires Inland Revenue lawyer

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has recruited the former solicitor to the board of the Inland Revenue as a door tenant. Brian Cleave QC worked for the Inland Revenue for 32 years and was a solicitor to the board for nine years until his retirement in November 1999. Cleave’s move to the bar is unusual, because […]

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