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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.


Law Soc slams homophobic City firms

Gay and lesbian solicitors feel that they are unable to come out to colleagues and want more support from the profession, a new study by the Law Society has shown. The society spoke to a small sample of 15 gay men and 10 lesbian solicitors working in private practice and in-house, to identify key issues […]

Cable & Wireless set to cut legal panel

Cable & Wireless is looking to slash the number of law firms it uses as part of a company-wide reorganisation and profit drive. Group general counsel Nick Cooper has told The Lawyer he intends to get a grip on legal expenditure. “We will have a more cost-conscious business and this means everything including greater control […]

Sports boutique attacks Mail over Rooney allegations

Sports boutique Max Bitel Greene has launched a High Court defamation claim against Associated Newspapers on behalf of Everton Football Club manager David Moyes. Partner Mel Goldberg is acting for Moyes and filed the claim yesterday in the High Court. Moyes is claiming damages of £200,000. Moyes is suing the Daily Mail for defamation over […]

Lovells kills off Berlin

Lovells is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a radical review by the firm’s management. The closure of the office, which is subject to approval by the partnership, will be completed by the end of the current financial year (30 April 2007). The Berlin office is home to five partners and 15 […]

Jones Day raids Lovells for Merrill-Villalba lawyer

Jones Day has poached Lovells employment partner Lisa Mayhew in a push for its London labour and employment practice. Mayhew will join Jones Day later this year, along with fellow Lovells partner Mark Taylor who announced his resignation in June. Mayhew successful defended Merrill Lynch against the £7.5m sex discrimination claim brought by former banker […]

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