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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.


Customer relationship management

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is now being allocated significant budgets by companies which understand the importance of retaining customers to improve their bottom line. Poor customer service leads to lost customers, opportunities missed through poor targeting and higher acquisition costs, but companies are still failing to make proper use of customer data and are flouting […]

Bar Council under fire over ageism proposals

Proposals by two Bar Council committees to ban discrimination against pupil and tenant applicants on grounds of age have been slammed as “unworkable” by the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). The proposal, included in a report by the bar’s professional standards and equal opportunities committees, says that anecdotal evidence shows that a substantial number of chambers […]

News in brief

Dorsey & Whitney has appointed Nadeem Khan (right) to set up a property department in its London office. Khan joins from Bird & Bird, where he was involved in development, outsourcing, PFI and high-profile sale and purchase transactions. Dorsey & Whitney is one of the few US firms to have set up a property department […]

Equitable boss shown to be New Labour donor

Newly-available information from the Electoral Commission reveals that political donations for this quarter include a contribution by Equitable Life’s new chairman Vanni Treves. Quarterly submissions from the political parties show that Macfarlanes partner Treves donated £1,600 to the Labour Party on 3 March 2001. The donation came nearly three weeks after his appointment at Equitable. […]

Non fee-earner wins SJ Berwin partnership

SJ Berwin has taken the unusual step of appointing a non fee-earning partner. Head of knowledge management Simon Witney has been promoted to the partnership along with six other fee-earners in London. Witney became the firm’s first head of knowledge management in January 2000. He was previously a fee-earner in corporate finance. Witney says: “This […]

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