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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.



MEDICAL negligence solicitors have emerged as the first lawyer victims of Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms. All but the 90 firms which have solicitors on specialist medical negligence panels will be prohibited from undertaking legal aided medical negligence cases under Lord Irvine’s reform blueprint. The plan, to be implemented this summer, is likely to lead […]

SIF fudge infuriates City firms

The Law Society Council has voted to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) – just as Cherie Booth QC is preparing to judicially review the fund in the High Court. The society’s ruling council last week voted against a Martin Mears-backed proposal to allow approved commercial insurers to provide indemnity cover by 1 September 2000, […]

Gray's Inn Chambers takes on new senior clerk and new name

MILTON Grundy’s Gray’s Inn Chambers has appointed a senior clerk and adopted a new name. Senior clerk Chris Broom, formerly Anthony Scrivener QC’s first junior clerk at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, joined the chambers last month, shortly after its name changed to Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers. Broom was selected from more than 100 applicants to […]

Ex NHS trust chief to head Wilberforce

Shaun Pye reports Wilberforce chambers has appointed the former chief executive of an NHS trust to be its first chambers director. Suzanne Cosgrave, who starts on 1 April, will be responsible for the overall management of chambers including the clerks. Senior clerk Roy Beazley retires from the chancery set, which has 29 tenants, at the […]

Female partner in running for election to top Linklaters post

Linklaters could soon be the first big five City firm to have a female managing partner. Litigation partner Diana Good and tax head Tony Angel have emerged as the front-runners for the post of managing partner, which is to be decided by a vote next week. Terence Kyle stepped down as managing partner of the […]

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