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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.



Biggarts is sure that by doubling in size in five years profits will follow suit In February this year, Scottish firm Biggart Baillie gained a 10-strong pensions team, which included three partners, from Morrison Bishop. Iain Talman, June Crombie and Colin Greig are due to take up their positions in the next few months.Chairman David […]

Eversheds faces Eurofi claims of negligence

Claim amounts to more than £125,000 after call centre litigation with Teletech Eversheds is being sued for more than £125,000 by a company that specialises in finding government and EU grants.The firm, which is defending the claim, is accused of acting without reasonable skill and care when handling a claim brought by consultants Eurofi against […]

Simpson Grierson lawyer heads up monumental Sri Lankan power deal

The World Bank has appointed New Zealand lawyer Rabin Rabindran as a legal specialist to assist the Sri Lankan government with the development of a multimillion-dollar power project, the largest to have ever been carried out in the country Rabindran, a partner with commercial firm Simpson Grierson, will work as part of a team advising […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill) advised motor insurer Ockham Holdings on its announced placing and open offer to raise £25m. Ashursts (Ian Webb) also advised Numis Securities, the organisation underwriting the placing. The offer is on the basis of 17 new Ockham shares for every 30 existing shares and has to be approved by shareholders. […]

BBC Scotland dumps McGrigors from panel

BBC Scotland has asked McGrigor Donald, its longest-standing legal adviser, to leave its panel, The Lawyer can reveal The BBC dropped McGrigors after being hit with a £500,000 libel bill, Scotland’s largest ever, on a case that McGrigors handled.A senior BBC manager confirmed that McGrigors was removed from the panel despite the relationship going back […]

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