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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.


Clifford Chance associate wins fight against dismissal

The Clifford Chance associate fighting the firm’s decision to dismiss him has had his position upheld by the French Ministry for Employment. As reported by The Lawyer (10 January), Paris associate Avi Bitton found himself in court after Clifford Chance challenged his position as a trade union representative. The firm said that Bitton’s appointment to […]

Pillsbury and Shaw Pittman seal merger

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman have sealed their tie-in just months after they entered merger talks and in time for the self-imposed 4 April deadline. The merged firm will gatecrash the US top 20, with revenues of around $600m (£378.3m) and with 900 lawyers across 16 offices. The formal tie-in follows a period of preparation […]

Aviation insurers escape EC courtesy of BLG, DLA

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary have secured success for the London aviation insurance market in a landmark competition case. The European Commiss-ion launched an investigation into practices in the industry in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US. Following the attacks, insurers worked together to […]

Cold-blooded contract billers

Who says lawyers are reptiles? Possibly Black Country firm Higgs & Sons, which clearly spotted a kindred spirit in a recent deal. The firm not only acted for the trustees of the reptile sanctuary Proteus on the acquisition of nature reserve operator Critters Farm, it press released its cold-blooded connections. According to corporate partner Nick […]

Lord Slynn to head dispute resolution service

Alternative dispute resolution organisation the London Dispute Resolution Service (LDRS) has appointed former Law Lord Lord Slynn of Hadley as its new president. As president of the organisation, Lord Slynn will be an arbitrator and mediator for LDRS. Formed by a group of London solicitors, the service provides alternative dispute resolution both for existing clients […]

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