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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.



YouGov poll reveals US firms lack pulling power

UK firms could be winning the battle for talent, as exclusive research by The Lawyer reveals that only 7 per cent of associates found US firms to be the most attractive employers. Only 6 per cent of the 2,886 lawyers polled found US firms appealing as employers. Global UK firms were the most popular, winning […]

Cleary beats Ashurst, Links to main role on Rusal’s IPO

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elbowed aside Ashurst and Linklaters to emerge as lead counsel to Rusal in a twist in the saga to secure an instruction on the Russian aluminium giant’s London listing. Ashurst and Linklaters had waged a six-month battle to win the instruction on the flotation ever since both firms acted […]

British Energy GC and Chakrabarti win birthday honours

A raft of lawyers have joined footballer Ryan Giggs and Ian Botham on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. British Energy general counsel Robert Armour is the only in-house lawyer to make the list, being awarded a CBE for services to the electricity industry. The Queen gave a CBE to Doughty Street Chambers barrister Jonathan Cooper […]

Stevens & Bolton breaches £300K PEP

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton had a record year in 2006-07, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushing through the £300,000 mark. The firm posted a total revenue of £14.1m with a profit margin of 32 per cent, giving it a £4.5m net profit and a PEP of £305,000 for its 15 equity partners. The […]

SRA invites views on real estate conflicts as code change looms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is proposing amendments to conflict of interest rules in real estate transactions less than a month before its new code of conduct launches. Firms have been invited to comment on the conflict of interest regulation, Rule 3, of the new code of conduct. The SRA is seeking opinions on whether […]

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