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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.


Pillsbury duo join Latham

Latham & Watkins has hired two litigation partners from Pillsbury Winthrop. Stephen Stublarec and Christopher Byers have joined Latham’s San Francisco office to boost the firm’s litigation capability in the Bay Area.Both Stublarec and Byers specialise in complex commercial litigation. Stublarec concentrates on matters ranging from product liability to securities fraud. Byers has a strong […]

Law Soc in Govt row over asylum seekers

The Law Society is embroiled in a high level policy row over the Government’s refusal to provide legal advice to asylum seekers at the controversial accommodation centres it plans to build.The accommodation centre proposals are part of Home Secretary David Blunkett’s Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, which was published at Easter.The bill, which has its […]

Shoosmiths employment chief joins Thomson Snell

Tunbridge Wells-based solicitors Thomson Snell & Passmore has poached Shoosmiths partner Nick Hobden to head its employment unit.Hobden, who was head-hunted by Thomson Snell, joined Shoosmiths in 1994 as part of niche Reading firm Berrys. He was made a partner at Shoosmiths in 1995, and was latterly head of employment in the Reading office.The employment […]

Birchams spreads its wings with takeover instructions

Bircham Dyson Bell’s corporate department is extremely pleased with itself. Its had an active few months, not only for its AIM clients, but also in the lucrative field of takeovers, advising for the first time on a hostile takeover transaction.Not bad for a Westminster law firm whose original reputation lay in the world of charity, […]

Profits hold for Bircham Dyson

Bircham Dyson Bell has increased its turnover for the past financial year by 14 per cent, up to £17.5m. However, average profits per partner remained static at £165,000, with top of equity £180,000 and bottom £90,000. This is, in part, due to last year’s office move and an increase in rent, said executive committee chairman […]

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