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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.


Earth to Lightman

Chris Owen on why the bar is baffled by Mr Justice Lightman’s recent attack on the legal profession Mr Justice Lightman’s recent savaging of the legal profession demands a response. His views were not all bad – he did have three good things to say: about alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the Woolf reforms and human […]


What a vindication for Lovells. Outside the magic circle, it’s always been Herbert Smith that has got the attention. But if you look at our preliminary findings on year-end figures, Lovells could end up being the fashionable firm to the chasing pack. It looks set to post figures of around £390m – a highly impressive […]

Curtis Davis Garrard scoops Sembawang Shipyard arbitration from Norton Rose

Norton Rose has been taken off London’s largest ever arbitration, on behalf of Sembawang Shipyard, and has been replaced by six-partner niche shipping firm Curtis Davis Garrard. The scale of the case, named Solitaire after the bulk carrier vessel at the centre of it, has been a thorn in the side of the parties concerned, […]

Addleshaws partners to retire later post merger

Legacy Addleshaw Booth & Co partners now have to work for an extra two years before retirement, as the firm has raised its retirement age to match that of its merger partner Theodore Goddard.

Meissner quits Luther Menold for Latham

Luther Menold has lost real estate partner Martin Meissner to Latham & Watkins. Meissner joined the US firm’s Frankfurt office today and will specialise in real estate transactions, property finance, real estate restructuring and privatisation.

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