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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.


Peter Martyr

Norton Rose to merge with Canada’s Ogilvy and South Africa’s Deneys

Norton Rose has announced tie-ups with Canadian firm Ogilvy Renault and South African firm Deneys Reitz. The mergers come less than a year after Norton Rose formalised its tie-up with Australian firm Deacons, now Norton Rose Australia, as the City firm continues its global expansion. The deals will see the enlarged group become a top […]


Proportion of lawyers educated at public school far outstrips national average

The legal profession has become increasingly elitist over the past 20 years, with 15 per cent of lawyers being public school educated while just 2 per cent of the population is. According to research from recruitment consultants Laurence Simons, the proportion of magic circle partners aged under 39 who were educated at public schools rose […]

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe: Mishcon de Reya

How did you spend your last bonus? Mojitos. Name: Stephen Rowe Firm: Mishcon de Reya Position: BD and communications manager (real estate) Lives: Clapham What time do you start work each day? I aim for 7am but I do seem to have quite bad luck with trains …. What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked […]

Lord Neuberger

Lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls prepare for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

This morning the Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke QC and the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger will be among the dignitaries gathered at Runnymede Meadows to kick off five years of celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The celebrations will start with a public commemoration of the sealing of the Magna Carta at […]

BLP’s massive wedge

If there’s one thing that this recession has taught us it’s that, despite what we’ve always been told, everyone loves a good news story. Look at the headlines over the last few weeks. As an entrée, there were those lovely miners clocking off from the longest shift in history; more recently we’ve all been knocking […]

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