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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.


Coats viyella

Manchester firm Chaffe Street picked up work on the management buy-out (MBO) of Coats Viyella’s contract clothing division through a referral from Eversheds, which acted for the company itself. The transaction was subject to a number of twists and turns. It was initially determined that the deal would be a straight acquisition due to the […]

Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland has kept Herbert Smith permanently on its toes this year. The firm acted for the bank on its ultimately unsuccessful hostile battle against the Royal Bank of Scotland, which won control of National Westminster Bank in February. It is now acting for the bank on its merger talks with Abbey National, represented […]


I don’t know when children started seeing church as a sort of alternative Wacky Warehouse, but it was very different in my day. Why, you’d hardly have time to give the underside of the pew in front of you a swift kick, thereby waking up Mr Green with the sticky out ears, before you’d feel […]

Wanadoo makes

France Télécom subsidiary Wanadoo makes an all-share £1.6bn offer for Freeserve. France Télécom and Wanadoo advised by Norton Rose (Iain Wright), Gide Loyrette Nouel (Herve Pisani), Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Freeserve represented by Herbert Smith (James Palmer), Linklaters & Alliance (Jeremy Parr), CSFB, Rothschild and Goldman Sachs.


The new Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure of Information in Criminal Proceedings are an attempt, says the document, to strike “a fair balance between the respective needs of the participants in the investigation and trial process”. The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 introduced a new scheme for the disclosure of information by the prosecution, […]

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