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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.


In brief: Herbert Smith draws up MoD home leases

Herbert Smith lawyers are drawing up 700 leases on Ministry of Defence married quarters to complete the UK’s largest conveyancing transaction after exchanging contracts this week. The MoD appointed Herbert Smith legal adviser to the controversial £1.6bn sale of 57,000 homes after a beauty parade of six top City firms 18 months ago. About 30 […]

Legal Resource Group ponders over Brussels

A question mark hangs over the future of the Brussels office of the Legal Resources Group following the merger of Alsop Wilkinson with Dibb Lupton Broomhead. Despite the merger, Alsops has asked to remain a member of the LRG, a group of five regional law firms that pool training, a legal research database and share […]

Mills & Reeve forced to offer scheme withdrawal

East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve has offered investors the chance to withdraw from a £5m corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches in the wake of a barrage of criticism by a firm of tax analysts. The move follows an announcement by financial analyst Allenbridge that it has reported the firm – part of the […]

Litigation Writs 01/10/96

Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment is suing HTV Group over the television series Wycliffe. Red Rooster has issued a High Court writ claiming damages for lost commission arising out of HTV’s alleged unlawful and repudiatory termination of a written agreement, dated 6 February last year, for the distribution of existing and future series of […]

Why gamble on witnesses?

I enjoyed The Lawyer’s front page article on the commercial court working party suggestions on the use of witnesses (6 August). Doing away with witnesses in commercial cases is not fanciful. The function of a witness is to earn money for lawyers. Copying documents, drafting proofs of evidence, late working, interminable meetings – all rack […]

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