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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.

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Romanian trip

* Ten Romanian law students have just spent three weeks in London on a legal education trip funded by the Know-How fund. The students, who spent a week’s work experience in London law firms and chambers on an exchange organised by the European Law Students Association, were guests of the London Young Solicitors Group and […]

Belgian openings

* Two Austrian firms have opened offices in Brussels following Austria’s membership of the EEA. Schoenherr Barfuss Torggler & Partners opened in the city as did Heller, Lober, Bahn & Partners.

Concern over compulsory mediation

FAMILY lawyers fear proposals to offer mediation to couples involved in divorce may become compulsory by the back door. The proposals, which are to be published in a white paper, are part of a package scrapping ‘quickie’ divorces, removing the notion of ‘fault’ and ending lengthy court actions. The Lord Chancellor has not indicated he […]

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