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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.


Using lawyers to sell your firm

In law firms lawyers are the prime revenue-generating asset. As such, using them in non-fee-earning roles when there are more effective and cheaper alternatives makes little commercial sense. Yet while the past two decades have seen the increased recruitment of professionals to run and manage firms and their core functions, sales has been left to […]

Rothschilds scoops Speechly partner to head trust business

Rothschild Private Banking and Trust has appointed former Speechly Bircham partner Andrew Penney as a managing director and head of the trust business’s London office. This marks a return to the company for Penney, who spent six years at Rothschild Trust before joining Speechly Bircham in 2001. Penney, who worked in Speechly Bircham’s private client […]

Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

Mayer Brown lures CC Brazil chief for Sao Paulo launch

Mayer Brown is to expand its presence in the Latin American region with the addition of an office in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. The US firm has poached Clifford Chance partner Stephen Hood to head the new office. Hood has been managing partner of the magic circle firm’s São Paulo office since 1999, […]


Cohabitation laws too expensive, says Haworth & Nutall

Blackburn-based firm Haworth & Nuttall has claimed that changes to cohabitation laws will “fall at the first hurdle” due to extra costs. The firm claims that the recent report by the Law Commission, which calls for couples to have financial protection similar to married couples if they split up, will result in costs that are […]

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