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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.


Clerks take business lessons

Commercial chambers One Essex Court has become the first set to introduce professional training in business development for its clerks. The set has employed Haines Consulting, an organisation that specialises in teaching business strategy. Haines Consulting has already undertaken similar exercises with 33 of the top 100 firms of solicitors. “I thought they [solicitors] were […]

It's been a bad week for…

Manners. Not content with the amount of free publicity it received after Lord Irvine graced his walls with its u300 a roll Pugin-style paper at taxpayers’ expense, wallpaper company Walker Greenbank has ungraciously slammed the Government for enacting policies which have lost the company u600,000. The UK’s human rights record. At great embarrassment to the […]

In brief: Warner Cranston

Warner Cranston has negotiated a five-year sponsorship deal between 18-year-old tennis player Anna Kournikova and its client Courtaulds Textiles, which owns the sports bra manufacturer Berlei. Kournikova will appear on promotional material and packaging for the Shock Absorber range. She was represented by her New York agent Advantage. Howard Wallis negotiated the deal for Warner […]

Partner brings Uxbridge firm £40m from former clients

An Uxbridge firm has brought in property deals worth £40m, because of its partner’s connections with his former firm. Partner David Silva joined Iliffes Booth Bennett from Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in September 1996 in the run up to the City firms merger with Eversheds. He is also advising his former partner Christopher Digby-Bell, now a […]

Davis Polk plans London expansion

Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of Wall Street’s largest US firms is expanding its London practice after it moves to new buildings in the City. The firm, which has been based in 1 Frederick’s Place for the last 12 years, will move into 99 Gresham Street in the autumn. Keith Kearney, managing partner of the […]

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