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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.


2005 QC hopefuls face six month delay

The names of new silks for 2005 are not expected to be announced until next Autumn.Traditionally, new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed in April.Hopefuls will now though be given until Easter to make their applications.The Bar Council insists these are still provisional dates as ultimately the timetable will be determined by an independent selection panel.The […]

Outer Temple swoops on dissolving 6 Pump Court

Four barristers from the soon to dissolve 6 Pump Court (Kieran Coonan QC), have joined Outer Temple Chambers.The arrivals bring the number of tenants at Outer Temple to 60 – up from 32 just 18 months ago.Kieran Coonan QC, 6 Pump Court’s head, announced a week ago that his chambers, one of the bar’s foremost […]

Pinsent Masons denied access to Home Office ID card advice

The government is insisting that the ID cards bill being debated in the House of Commons today is compatible with human rights legislation. The government moved to confirm its position following revelations that it has banned the release of advice given to it by the attorney general Lord Goldsmith. The Home Office’s decision to ban […]

Lovells wins sex discrimination case for Merrill

Lovells has successfully defended a sexual discrimination claim against Merrill Lynch brought by former banker Stephanie Villalba.Villalba was claiming a record £7.5m against the investment bank, alleging that she had failed to win promotion and had been paid less because of her gender. The employment tribunal in Croydon today (22 December) dismissed the claim.The tribunal […]

Herbert Smith secures High Court victory for CAT

Herbert Smith has today won a victory in the High Court for new client Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) in its dispute against Abbott Laboratories. The dispute centred on the level of royalty payments Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Abbott should pay to CAT on the ground breaking rheumatoid arthritis drug HUMIRA. HUMIRA, which was discovered using […]

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