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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.


O'Hara wins leave to appeal

* The Law Lords have now given leave for Gerard O’Hara, who was arrested by the RUC in December 1985 under the 1984 Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act to appeal against Northern Ireland High and Appeal Court decisions rejecting his claims for damages for false imprisonment on the basis of unlawful arrest.

In brief: Select committee scrutinises Levitt trial

The role played by the law officers, SFO director George Staple and prosecution counsel in the Roger Levitt fraud trial comes under the spotlight when all leading counsel submit written evidence to the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee this week. Submissions are expected from David Cocks QC, Levitt’s counsel Jonathan Goldberg QC, as well […]

BAC signs up Ardiles to squad

FOOTBALL legend and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Ossie Ardiles has signed up to a law firm as consultant in sport and business. Ardiles, the high-profile Argentinian who came to the UK as a player in 1978, will be an “ambassador” for Soho-based Barnett Alexander Chart (BAC) and open doors for its growing sport and commercial […]

Technology on trial

Judge Fallon, senior judge at Bristol Crown Court, is a passionate believer in the merits of computers in court. He talked in 1991 about a “horse and cart to motor car” transition when describing the process of getting lawyers and judges to use computers. “The problem with the early motor car was that it was […]

Litigation Writs 04/07/95

Policewoman Michaela Hawkes, 28, of Littlehampton, has launched High Court action over whiplash injuries she received in a 1989 road accident. Her writ says she was a front seat passenger in a car driven by Vanessa Phillips, of Southampton, when it was in collision with a car driven by Rowland Hart on the A27 near […]

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