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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.


Bevan Ashford takes on Mitac head of legal

Bevan Ashford has bolstered its South West commercial property team by hiring the head of legal from Bath-based motor industry consultancy Mitac. Peter Fox joins Bevan Ashford’s Taunton office as commercial property partner after three years at Mitac, which operates exclusively in the motor industry. Fox was a company director and provided general commercial advice. […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Crown Castle signs deals with BT and Dolphin Telecommunications to expand mobile telephone networks. Crown Castle advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (John Worthy). BT advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Dolphin Telecom advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett.

Simmons & Simmons set for global management shake-up

Simmons & Simmons is planning a radical overhaul of its management structure to increase representation for its international offices. At the moment none of Simmons’ partners outside London are represented on the firm’s executive, despite accounting for some 25 per cent of the firm’s turnover. The firm has two committees – a strategy committee and […]

stolt offshore group

This is the third loan facility to companies within the Stolt Offshore Group to be led by Den Norske Bank in New York, and Stephenson Harwood has advised the syndicate of banks on all three. Sheila Obhrai, a senior assistant in the firm’s five-partner ship financing group, led all three deals – the others completed […]

Eversheds advises Shipman inquiry

Eversheds is setting up a dedicated public inquiry practice after being appointed legal adviser for the forthcoming Harold Shipman inquiry. The Shipman case is the second high-profile inquiry Eversheds has been appointed to. It tendered for and won Lord Saville’s Bloody Sunday inquiry in July 1998, and had more than 20 lawyers based in Northern […]

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