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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.



Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa on its £56m acquisition of The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead from Bourne End Properties, advised by Linklaters and Kanter Jules.

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Hunt

James Hunt QC was born in Coalville, Leicester in 1943. He heads The Chambers of James Hunt QC, which won The Lawyer/HIFAL Chambers of the Year award last week. What was your first job? Milkman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Three Pounds, four shillings and sixpence (brief fee). What would you […]

Advocates of change

Solicitor advocate Mark Humphries says barristers have had their day in court and change is on the way. Mark Humphries is a solicitor advocate at Linklaters and vice-chairman of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates. The most senior law officer in the Government is a former top silk at the commercial Bar. The junior […]

Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

World Software drives Worldox in UK

US company World Software, producer of document management system Worldox, has begun a drive to promote the product in the UK. Systematic Corporate Solutions (SCS), a new subsidiary of The Systematic Group, has been appointed to distribute Worldox in the UK. SCS boasts Paisner & Co and Boodle Hatfield as clients and claims ten other […]

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