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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.

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TMT deals round-up

Bird & Bird’s office in the Hague (Armand Killan, Harry Rek) has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Space Agency which will see the firm advising on the commercial use of the International Space Station. Masons’ AIM team, headed by Russell Booker, advised chemical genomics business VASTox on its admission to AIM in London. […]

Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner. Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer […]

Mediators clash with EU over new directive

A row has broken out over a proposed European directive on mediation published on 22 October. Mediators and other bodies, including the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA), are concerned that the directive will impose too much regulation on this area of dispute resolution. The directive has been in discussion since 2002, when a Green Paper […]

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 […]

A&O plummets 123 places in US associate survey

Allen & Overy (A&O) has nose-dived in the esteem of its US associates, according to American Lawyer magazine’s latest associate satisfaction survey. The firm fell 123 places from fifteenth spot to 138th out of 148 firms. The result is a major drop from last year, when A&O was the highest-ranking UK firm in the survey. Clifford Chance […]

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