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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.


Directors' pay

Manches & Co has advised three top directors on their termination packages from Forte in the wake of the company’s recent acquisition by Granada. Manches was involved in the negotiation of termination packages for Keith Hamill, finance director, David Stevens, company secretary and director of legal services, and Richard Power, director of public affairs.

Move to the provinces pays dividends for ex-Temple set

A HOME counties chambers which has just opened a new set in St Albans says it has not looked back since leaving the Temple 11 years ago. When Tindal Chambers moved out of King’s Bench Walk to set up shop in Chelmsford it had eight tenants. Now the general common law set boasts 35 barristers […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: John Gower-Jones

John Gower-Jones is a partner in the property department of Davies Wallis Foyster’s Manchester office. Born in Rochdale in 1946, he now lives in Mobberley, Cheshire. What was your first job? Deck chair attendant, Blackpool. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £400 a year as an articled clerk. What would you have […]


In an attempt to sort out a spot of confusion, Michael Skrein, head of litigation at Richards Butler, took daughter Philippa to work last week. “My children were concerned to hear I was acting for Sylvester Stallone,” said Skrein. “They didn’t think I had the body for it.” The move was part of the national […]


Hammond Suddards advised sports goods manufacturer Umbro UK in connection with its recent kit and products sponsorship agreements with Manchester United football club. The “substantial” sponsorship will run until 2002. Manchester United was advised by James Chapman & Co.

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