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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.


Summit rescheduled

The organiser of a London summit on the regulation of the internet cancelled it at the last minute. Prince, which was due to stage its Internet Executive Summit from 19 to 21 January put the sudden cancellation down to the fact that a US green paper on reform of the domain name system a crucial […]

Medical negligence practitioners move to Jones Maidment

Manchester niche medical negligence practice, Hatton Scates & Horton is to join 13-partner practice Jones Maidment Wilson. Olivia Scates and Claire Horton, who co-founded the niche firm in 1993, are now partners in Jones Maidment. They take with them two assistants and a trainee. Medical negligence practitioners have complained that the wholesale introduction of conditional […]

Finers works on strategy and image

West End firm Finers has elected a new managing partner and hired a new marketing director to up its PR profile. The 30-partner West End practice, which was formed nine years ago from the merger of Gershon Young Finer & Green with Stein Swede Jay & Bibring, expanded from 16 to 29 partners in its […]

In brief: Law Society lifts LPC places restriction

The moratorium on additional Legal Practice Course (LPC) places was lifted last week by the Law Society’s Training Committee. This comes after a review which found that the number of students enrolling on and passing LPC courses had decreased and that trainee solicitors were finding it less difficult to find jobs.

Firms act on milk substitutes abuses

FIRMS from seven countries including the UK have formed a research group in a bid to tackle abuses of the international code which regulates the marketing of breast milk substitutes in developing countries. Liverpool firm Ross & Co is the UK representative in the group which also contains firms from the US, India, Bangladesh, the […]

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