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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.


Australian firms lead the way on equal opportunities

A survey by the Australian Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency has revealed that, on average, women make up 16 per cent of partners in Australia’s leading law firms. Australian law firms have a higher ratio of women in senior positions than many of the country’s leading corporations. A survey by the Australian […]

DLA boosts fledgling German operation with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Dr Martin Schulte. Dusseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office in late November. As first revealed on (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Goerg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach […]

Freshfields overhauls conflicts system

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is about to roll out an upgrade to its conflicts-checking system. In June, the firm was famously removed from Philip Green’s aborted bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) after it emerged that the firm had a conflict of interest over earlier advice it gave to M&S on its Per Una contract. However, […]

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 […]


Speak up or go down

Gavin McCartan is the first solicitor to be jailed by the proceeds of crime legislation. It’s easy to see why the profession might be getting paranoid. Jon Robins reports As solicitors contemplated the mayhem being wreaked by the anti-money laundering regulations at the recent Law Society conference in Birmingham, a Belfast solicitor spent his first […]

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