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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.

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Case of the week

The wrangle between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic hit new heights last week when BA was fined u4.4m for offering cash incentives to travel agents who sold its flights. The European Commission ruling followed a complaint by Virgin, but BA claimed its system of rewarding travel agents was used by most major airlines. The EC […]

Brewers battle over beer tie

Brewer Ushers of Trowbridge is taking rival the Glamorgan Beer Co to court for allegedly supplying drinks to its pubs. Ushers will seek a court order banning Glamorgan from unlawfully interfering with contracts made with the tenants of its pubs. The company, represented by Milton Keynes-based Kimbell & Co, which recently filed the High Court […]

In brief: Robert Sayer

Robert Sayer beat David Keating by 12,819 votes to 7,062 to become the new Law Society president in an election which saw only 21.7 per cent of the profession vote – the lowest turnout ever. Irwin Mitchell’s senior partner, Michael Napier beat sole practitioner Trevor Murray, by 12,563 votes to 7,531 to become deputy vice-president. […]

Where next for Pearson?

Last week The Lawyer reported the departure of head of legal at Pearson, Paul Vickers. Behind the story of one in-house lawyer leaving a major multinational there lies a broader story of how the Americanisation of the media giant Pearson has led the company to rethink the structure of its legal advice. The line from […]

SIF sets up u5m contingency fund for Hillsborough victims

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has set aside a u5m contingency fund in anticipation of hundreds of actions against law firms who represented spectators of the Hillsborough disaster. According to the Manchester lawyer involved in bringing cases on behalf of 150 victims of the 1989 disaster in which 96 people died, this could be the […]

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