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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.


Shed some light

I hope Mr Justice Lightman will sit hard on The Lawyer’s reporter for reporting his disparagement of non-law graduate barristers in such a way as to make it sound much more like vapid assertion than argument in the article “Judge attacks barristers without law degrees” (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). My respect for High Court […]

In brief: Lord Irvine to speak at LAG conference

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is the keynote speaker at the Legal Action Group and Justice conference – “Legal Aid Making it Work”. Lord Irvine will speak on the Government’s thoughts on legal aid and publicly funded legal services, on Friday, 3 July at Westminster, London. Other speakers at the conference include Mary Marrone, executive […]

In brief: Eversheds

The Eversheds scheme which won the Best Marketing Initiative in the 1998 The Lawyer/Hifal awards is the Employers Forum on European Union Social Policy (EFSP). The scheme was incorrectly named in the awards supplement which has been sent out with The Lawyer. The judges comments referred to another entry.

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]


Sidley & Austin advised lead manager JP Morgan and trustee Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York on the £300m securitisation of a portfolio of mixed consumer loans by Paragon

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