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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.


US firm's ad sends up inflated salaries

An anonymous US law firm has taken a cheeky sideswipe at the seven figure salaries being used to poach UK partners with a recruitment ad which purports to focus on “the important stuff” rather than cash alone.The ad, placed by recruitment consultancy ZMB, appears in The Lawyer today and includes the figure “c. £999,999”, followed […]

Would-be silks set to pay £220 just to apply

Would-be QCs must come up with the funds for the silk selection process themselves in future, the Government has decided.As the Access to Justice Bill proceeded through its second reading, Minister of State at the Lord Chancellor’s Department Geoff Hoon told the Commons that the taxpayer should no longer have to bear the estimated £120,000 […]

Standard Life doubles panel to meet demand

Standard Life Bank is doubling its panel to cope with its increased mortgage work.The bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance giant, has already appointed three firms to its already six- strong line-up.These include Glasgow based Anderson Fyfe, Henderson Boyd Jackson WS and Marlow firm Gordons. The bank has plans to take on another three […]

It's been a bad week for…

Alan Rashid of Cardiff. Having been found not guilty to the charge of threatening to kill, Rashid was promptly sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Judge Michael Gibbon. It seems that a frog in the throat of the juror swallowed the vital word “not” as he was delivering the not guilty verdict, leaving the court […]

Real pro bono is not a PR exercise

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. I was frankly depressed by your article and leader of 15 March concerning pro bono work. No one approached my firm. The fact that you describe Wragge & Co as a smaller firm demonstrates […]

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