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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.


Maxwell action group tackles Morgan Stanley over assets

A HUGE legal battle is unfolding in New York where the Maxwell pensions trustees, represented by the five-partner firm Orans Elsen & Lupert, are taking on investment bank Morgan Stanley and the 106-partner Lexington Avenue firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell in their $100 million claim. The lawsuit launched by the Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Trustees […]

In brief: Three Deacons partners bankrupted

Three ex-partners of the collapsed Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green were declared bankrupt last week. The bankruptcy orders were made against Martin Green, Patricia Reynolds and Robert Ollerhead at Liverpool County Court on Tuesday. But the District Judge Elliot Knopf ordered any further action to be stayed pending appeals which the three solicitors say they […]

Where entry is severely limited

Obtaining a Higher Courts Qualification Certificate has been made akin to scaling the north face of the Eiger. That is quite deliberate despite the fact that the undoubted wish of Parliament was to ensure that solicitors appeared in criminal and civil higher courts. The Higher Courts Qualification Regulations of 1992 are a masterpiece of ambiguity […]

Drought/Libel. Showing up the cracks

This summer’s prolonged drought has put the Water Resources Act 1991 under the spotlight. Lewis Denton wonders how well it stands up to close scrutiny The unprecedented drought conditions this summer have caused a number of problems for householders, gardeners and local authorities. They have also caused confusion in the legal profession. While the prompt […]

Democracy must prevail

In calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, Richard Bagley (The Lawyer 10 October), misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The Secretary General carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct. If the Law Society […]

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