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Considerations for listed companies in response to Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption to all business operations, which includes the annual corporate calendar for listed public companies when preparing and filing accounts, holding AGMs and making dividend payments to their shareholders. Below is a summary of the key considerations.

Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.


Lord Hoffmann brings Europe into the UK patent equation

Protocol test U-turn sparks ‘sea of interpretative uncertainty’ for IP players. By Steve Hoare You may not believe this, but patent law just got sexy. The House of Lords has delivered two judgments in two weeks that have totally reshaped UK patent law. The man at the centre of this upheaval is Lord Hoff-mann, possibly […]

Goodman Derrick seals Berger Oliver merger

London law firms Goodman Derrick and Berger Oliver have agreed to merge. The merger, which will take affect from January 2005, will result in Berger Oliver property partners Simon Mapstone, Simon Catt and Guy Martin joining Goodman Derrick as partners. Berger Oliver’s litigation partner Paul McAndrews will become a consultant at the merged firm. The […]

Cooley Godward to spark expansion with New York and DC

Cooley Godward is in the early stages of plans to open in Washington DC and New York and is hoping that London and Continental Europe will follow. The West Coast technology-focused firm has slashed its partnership and the associate ranks following the dotcom crash and is now ready to grow again. “We’ve solidified ourselves and […]

Covering up

From a small Lloyd’s syndicate to an international powerhouse in the space of a decade. Joanne Harris on how the Catlin Group achieved its rise to prominence Just over a decade ago Daniel Primer joined a small Lloyd’s syndicate as its only in-house lawyer. Now he heads the legal department of an international listed company […]

Balancing tact

Back at Clifford Chance, the magic circle firm and mid-size rival Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) must have spent an extortionate number of hours at the negotiating table last week, as it appears a fair trade has been made between the two firms. While BLP is crowing about its success in tempting real estate stalwart Robert […]

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