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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.


Ericsson brought in to manage CPS telephone system

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has outsourced national responsibility for its voice communications services for the next seven years to telecommunications company Ericsson. International telecommunications systems suppliers Ericsson will manage voice communications across the CPS’ 100 sites, including voice mail, fax, paging and mobile phone facilities. The Charles Douglas Organisation, a firm of telecoms specialists, […]

A&O breaks Gide ties to reach De Pardieu

Allen & Overy has cleared one obstacle blocking a merger with Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Associes by formally breaking off its seven-year association with Gide Loyrette Nouel. A&O is eager to catch up with its City rivals in Paris and was expecting to tie up the merger between its 10-partner Paris office […]

Ship-shape with Bristol passion

Alison Laferla says Bristol’s legal market is booming but competition among local firms is becoming increasingly cut-throat. They used to call Bristol the graveyard of ambition. Today, for lawyers at least, the description seems absurd. After years of unfulfilled potential, Bristol is shaking off its sleepy image and reinventing itself as a thriving centre for […]

In brief: SDA calls on Law Soc to set up misconduct fund

The Solicitors Defence Agency (SDA) is urging the Law Society to take seriously suggestions to set up a defence fund to combat claims of professional misconduct. The group wants #10 from each solicitor’s practising certificate fee to be set aside for the fund.

Human rights:where's the beef?

The Human Rights Act promises UK residents a truly democratic society for the first time. But, asks Matheu Swallow, is the UK ready for such a revolution? There are concerns that Britain’s judiciary is ill-equipped to cope with its new responsibilities. “Football’s coming home” was the unofficial anthem for the England World Cup squad of […]

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