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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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Partners on the up and up

In the midst of a worldwide recovery, promotions in the UK hit a three-year peak Domestic partnership promotions are on the rise, hitting a three-year high of 142 for The Lawyer UK Top 20. The figure represents a 27.9 per cent increase on 2013, when just 111 new promotions were made in the UK (that […]


Barclays loses Americas general counsel Crowl to UBS

Barclays’ managing director and general counsel for the Americas, Michael Crowl, has quit the bank to take up a similar post with Swiss institution UBS. As of 1 July, Crowl will become general counsel for the Americas and for the bank’s wealth management unit. He will also become a member of UBS’s legal executive committee. […]


Former Freshfields CIO becomes president of software company Litéra

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former chief information officer (CIO) Paul Domnick has taken up leadership of software and risk management company Litéra after stepping down from his role at the magic circle firm late last year.  Domnick was named president of the company, one of a growing sector offering risk management and cyber-secure document creation to […]

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Legal Harmony: Kingsley Napley

In Christmas 2011, a member of our regulatory and professional discipline team, barrister Elizabeth Taheri, was drawn to the hype surrounding the Military Wives’ choir.  She was instantly hooked, remembering choirs she had been in during her school years Having previously considered joining a local choir, but been defeated or discouraged by trying to balance […]


The Magdalen Arms, Oxford : A life of Pie

There is practically nowhere to eat in Oxford. Nowhere good that is. Yes, of course there’s Sojo and My Sichuan, which are both fine and there’s the Turl Street Kitchen, which will do for a snack, but there is very little else. Do not say to me the words Maison Blanc, Loch Fyne or Covered […]

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