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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.

CEE ramps up screening of foreign direct investments (FDI)

FDI screening was for a long time a blank spot on the regulatory landscape for most countries in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Unlike Western European Member States, so far relatively few countries in Central Eastern Europe (Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania) had instruments that allowed vetting foreign investments; albeit often with little practical relevance. In its […]

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In brief: DAC appoints ex-barrister to motor unit

Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed an ex-barrister, Carl Atkinson, to its common law department. Atkinson, who has extensive experience in civil litigation, will specialise in high profile motor claims litigation as part of Davies Arnold Cooper’s motor claims unit.

Freeman forced to submit outstanding taxation bill

INSOLVENT solicitor Michael Freeman still faces taxation for work totalling over u1 million after an appeal against the order was dismissed by a judge. Freeman, latterly of Michael Freeman & Co, is subject to a Taxing Master’s order for a final bill. He has three months to produce bills for work he did for the […]

Property

Prior, advised by the Brough Skerrett Law Partnership, has through its subsidiary Touquet Properties, acquired a portfolio of six properties for over u5m from Pearl Assurance, advised by its in-house legal department.

Act forces greater role on solicitors

SOLICITORS who visit clients in police stations will have to make more trips, stay for longer, and take a “more pro-active role” when sections of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act come into force early this year. And costs to the Legal Aid Board will increase “enormously” as a result, according to Mark Haslam, […]

Media floats draw firms

Top City firms Herbert Smith and Clifford Chance led the legal work on the multi-billion pound international flotations of cable company Telewest and satellite television broadcaster BSkyB. The two deals could herald a series of major deals in the electronic media sector. Cable business competitors are already thought to be planning similar floats to Telewest, […]

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