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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.


Case of the week

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) has been accused of sexism after letting former training manager Judy Owen (pictured) know who wears the trousers in the office. Owen, who was ordered to change into a skirt after arriving for her first day at work in trousers, is taking the PGA to an employment tribunal alleging sex […]

Tenant quits 36 Bedford Row for rival

London set 9 Bedford Row has poached senior tenant Gordon Aspden from local rival 36 Bedford Row. Civil practitioner Aspden is the latest to have rejected mega-set 36 Bedford Row’s ambitions to become the country’s first national chambers. His departure follows that of Heather Swindells QC, the leading commercial and family silk, who left for […]

Daily news service launches on The Lawyer's internet site

The Lawyer has expanded its website to include a dedicated daily online news service. The free service, launched last Tuesday, is available on The Lawyer online website – It is updated every weekday. It includes stories about international and UK law firms, in-house lawyers, government legislation, new products and services, partner moves and deals. […]


The revolution is less than 11 months off. When the Human Rights Act 1998 comes into force next October, nothing will be the same again. The new act will allow people in the UK to use the European Convention on Human Rights when taking legal action in their own courts. People who can’t imagine what […]

…as legal head goes to Barclays

Henderson Investors’ head of legal and compliance has left to join Barclays after five years at the company. Mark Phythion-Adams is joining Barclays’ private banking unit as head of risk and compliance and will begin work at the department on 15 November. Jeremy Ogden, legal director in retail financial services at Barclays, says the move […]

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