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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.


Year 2000 Bills ran out of time

You recently published an article by Hammond Suddards referring to Y2k legislation (The Lawyer, 20 October). I think the article gave the impression that the two Bills introduced by David Atkinson MP might become law, perhaps early next year. That is not the case. Both Bills ran out of time. Although a third Bill on […]

Hildebrandt warns clients of slump in growth in 1999

US legal consultancy Hildebrandt has warned its 5,000 clients to expect a fall in growth in the coming year due to fluctuating international and US markets and a slowdown in the US economy. The firm sent out a “client advisory” bulletin last week, saying it had reduced its estimate for net income growth for well-managed […]

Ashursts hired by EC

Ashurst Morris Crisp has been hired by the European Commission to examine the implications of developments in electronic commerce for the EU pharmaceutical sector.

Lawyers at play

“Lawyers drop their trousers” is the somewhat misleading title of a press release from Hampshire firm White & Bowker. Last Friday staff at all three of the firm’s offices came to work in their jeans as part of the national Jeans for Genes day. Led by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the appeal asked […]

Dundas & Wilson poaches rival firms' leading partners

Dundas & Wilson’s biggest hiring exercise since its tie-up with Arthur Andersen last year has netted it two leading partners from rival firms. Commercial property partner Iain Doran joins Dundas’ Glasgow office from Miller Samuel, while licensing partner John Loudon has taken his team of three assistants from MacRoberts to its Edinburgh office. The pair […]

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