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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.



House rules

What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports This year saw the first major revision of the personal insolvency provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 come into effect. On 1 April the amendments to the Insolvency Act came into effect through […]

Middletons takes over Acuiti

Australia’s Acuiti Legal will dissolve in November when its remaining corporate and commercial practices merge with Middletons, the law firm that the practice originally split from. Around 85 staff, including 14 partners, from the firm’s corporate, commercial and commercial litigation groups will join Middletons’ Sydney office from 15 November, bolstering the office to 24 partners […]

Work-life swizz

Oh, what a funny little introspective world it is, that of the managing partner. A recent entrant to The Lawyer’s increasingly popular Work-Life Quiz is obviously accustomed to making things up as he goes along. He is also, perhaps, guilty of confusing The Lawyer with a session with a life coach. The MP in question […]

McGrigors introduces real estate first in firm rejig

An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has resulted in Katharine Hardie becoming the firm’s first head of real estate for Scotland. Previously McGrigors had only a national head, Philip Burroughs, now managing partner for London. The news coincides with two partner and six director level promotions within the firm, all of which take effect immediately. The […]

Dewey gears up in Italy with Milan acquisition

Dewey Ballantine is ramping up its Italian presence after absorbing Milanese boutique Casella Minoli e Associati. Name partner Luca Minoli joined Dewey Ballantine’s Milan office effective 1 October, bringing with him a salaried partner. Fellow partner Paola Casella, a lecturer at Milan University, will act as a part-time external consultant to the firm. Minoli advises […]

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