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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.


Law Soc shoulders Regis blame

AT ONE stage during the installation of the Law Society’s new computer system, the travel budget of its London-based technicians ran out. This meant they were unable to travel to the society’s Redditch office, where those using the troubled Regis computer system were based. Instead, staff at Redditch had to make the arduous journey to […]


Lovell White Durrant acted for ABN Ambro when it arranged a 500 million euro medium term note programme for Ford’s Brazilian car subsidiary

Four lawyers and a laptop

Four lawyers, four bits of kit and four opinions about why the laptop computer has changed legal practice in the Nineties I have recently been given a new toy – a Toshiba Tecra 700 CT laptop computer. For the computer buffs, it has a 1GB hard disk, 16MB RAM, one floppy disk drive, one CD-Rom […]

French block plan to ease freedom to practice rules

FRENCH lawyers have scuppered the latest UK bid to liberalise the restrictions preventing lawyers from practising freely in Europe. At a meeting of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) on 29 November, a French motion to impose restrictions on the ability of foreign lawyers to practice freely was passed […]

Bury council must clarify grant allocation

Bury metropolitan council may be forced to pay exemplary damages for refusing to provide a postgraduate law student with information about the criteria it uses for allocating grants. The council has until the end of the month to provide a written policy on discretionary grants, after a promise it made at a judicial review hearing […]

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