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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.


Real Estate and Projects

Warner Estate Holdings acquires 20 properties for £41m from CGU and Commercial Union through Morley Fund Management. Warner Estate Holdings represented by Brodies (Nick Scott), Carson McDowell (Jeremy Hill) and Clifford Chance (Richard Hopkinson-Woolley). The vendor advised by C&H Jefferson, CMS Cameron McKenna, Hammond Suddards Edge, McGrigor Donald, Mitchells Robertson and Penningtons.

KLegal takes over Slaughters case

KLegal, the law firm associated with accountants KPMG, is taking over a multi-million pound piece of litigation from Slaughter and May after hiring one of its lawyers. Anthony Maton is joining KLegal as a director, the equivalent of salaried partner, and he is bringing with him work on an ongoing action for Airtours against Customs […]

Fitting the Bill

When even the railway system can’t make a man angry, he has to be the nicest lawyer around. Fiona Callister meets Martineau Johnson’s very agreeable senior partner elect Goodness me, William Barker is nice. The new senior partner elect of Martineau Johnson could be forgiven for being fairly crotchety as the wonders of the British […]


So will there be a recession this year in the US, which will impact upon UK and European technology companies, would-be investors in the market and indeed technology lawyers? Who knows? Over the last few years, UK technology lawyers have been particularly active. They have witnessed the flood of dotcom start-ups with business plans in […]

Field Cunningham set to lose Crosby Homes with Hepplestone departure

Manchester-based Field Cunningham & Co is losing a commercial property partner to Eversheds, giving Eversheds a stranglehold on client Crosby Homes. John Hepplestone, who has been with Field Cunningham for two years after leaving Addleshaw Booth & Co, where he practised for more than 14 years, is joining Eversheds’ Manchester office as a fixed equity […]

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