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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.


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Open relationship for CMS and Dundas?

They’re officially hitched, but CMS and Dundas still have some wooing to do  A year after CMS Cameron McKenna crossed the threshold of Dundas & Wilson with a tantalising proposal, the merger between them has gone live. What comes next will be an intense tussle over banking and energy clients as the two firms play […]

DLA Piper represents Columbia Property Trust in $228.8m office tower purchase

DLA Piper has represented Columbia Property Trust in its purchase of an office tower in downtown San Francisco for $228.8m (£135m) from Beacon Capital Partners. Columbia is one of the country’s largest office REITs and its acquisition of the 16-storey, 387,943ft² building allows the company to achieve its objective of expanding in a high-performing, select primary market. […]


Fenwick & West opens first overseas office in Shanghai

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has expanded overseas for the first time with the launch of a Shanghai office. The US technology and life sciences-focused firm has launched a representative office in Shanghai after receiving the licence from China’s Ministry of Justice. The launch comes a year after the firm hired China partner Eva […]

Eversheds partner Simon Rice-Birchall discusses early conciliation

Early conciliation (EC) is now compulsory. Consequently, almost all prospective claimants have to contact ACAS to give them their name and address and that of the prospective respondent before they are able to bring a complaint to an employment tribunal (ET). According to Simon Rice-Birchall, partner at Eversheds, that is where any obligation ends. He […]

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Homes & Communities Agency slashes panel from 14 to nine firms

A total of eight firms including Ashfords, DLA Piper and Eversheds have lost their places on the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) panel, which has been slashed from a total of 14 firms to just nine.  The national housing and regeneration agency for England, in charge of the Affordable Homes Programme, has overhauled its legal […]

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