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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.


Dentons, Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler in merger talks

Denton Hall, Richards Butler and Theodore Goddard are locked in tripartite merger talks in a bid to create the UK’s fifth largest firm. Although the talks are only a month old, the firms’ management boards are already actively assessing the viability of the ambitious project. “We’re not ready to go to the partners, but its […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Stephen Dooley

Stephen Dooley was born in County Galway in 1971. He is an associate at Sidley & Austin specialising in intellectual property and IT. What was your first job? Delivering newspapers. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Less than I hoped. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Cat […]

1997 proves bumper year for corporate merger work

Firms pulled in a record £400m in legal fees for corporate merger advice last year, according to Acquisitions Monthly magazine and there is no sign of a down-turn yet. Advising on the £9.8bn merger of Guinness with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo ensured that Slaughter and May, Theodore Goddard, Norton Rose and SJ Berwin & […]

In brief: Clifford Chance re-elects senior partner

Keith Clark has been re-elected unopposed as senior partner at Clifford Chance for a second three-year term. Observers of the firm say his re-election will ensure a tight grip is kept on its 10-year strategy to become the world’s premier practice, while the new managing partner, Tony Williams, who replaced Geoffrey Howe at the year’s […]

Omagh:draconian laws are not the answer

The latest atrocity in Northern Ireland – the Omagh bombing – has justifiably led the Government to recall Parliament to ascertain the appropriate legislative response. Catching the perpetrators of such an outrage and deterring others from committing similar acts is very important at such a delicate stage in Northern Ireland. The government’s reaction is further […]

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