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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.


Irvine makes Garnier an assistant recorder

Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has made Edward Garnier QC an assistant recorder, despite the fact that Garnier has been one of the most vocal opponents of his legal aid reforms. Garnier is the Conservative Party’s legal affairs spokesman and has won acclaim from lawyers and consumer groups for his scathing and forensic Commons attacks on […]

Debating the immunity of counsel

Two recent High Court hearings show that advocates can no longer be certain of immunity from lawsuits, writes Roger Pearson. The accountability of counsel has been under the gaze of the courts recently. With a steady rise in the number of solicitor advocates, it is a situation which is likely to be significant to both […]


Clifford Chance acted for MEPC on its £62.5m acquisition of IBM’s 50 per cent share in New Square, Bedfont Lakes, an office complex near Heathrow Airport. IBM was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

Law Society proposal set to open way for Bahl challenger

A CHALLENGE to Kamlesh Bahl’s bid to become the first woman leader of the Law Society came a step closer last week with the preliminary approval of a plan for the council to nominate its own candidate. The proposal, hatched by a constitutional working party headed by the previous president Tony Girling, was given the […]

Serious fraud office libel case

The House of Lords has granted Thomas Taylor and Monarch Assurance leave to appeal an Appeal Court decision which struck out their libel and slander claims against the director of the Serious Fraud Office. The appeal will centre on whether documents disclosed to the defence by the Crown in criminal proceedings are subject to an […]

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