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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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Bar talk

It is rare that the Bar Council makes a courageous decision, but it appears to have done so in its recent assault on the cab rank principle.Courageous because the move was part of the Bar’s ongoing campaign against the Government’s slashing of fees for publicly funded work; and also courageous in the definition of the […]

Finance Summary

Linklaters (Beryl Sze) advised Credit Suisse First Boston as lead manager and sole bookrunner on the HK$1.2bn (£103.6bn) convertible bond issue by Hang Lung Properties. The issuer, International Treasury, was advised by Harney Westwood & Riegels. Clifford Chance advised the joint lead managers HSBC, UBS Warburg and ISBC and DB Trustees on CKWH-UT2’s $250m (£168m) […]

Top sets defy downturn with massive turnover rise

The majority of leading chambers have reported significant increases in this year’s turnover. Fountain Court is leading the pack with a mammoth 32 per cent rise in fees to £25m.Brick Court has displaced One Essex Court as the set with the highest turnover. It is the first chambers to break the golden £30m mark, after […]

Deal of the week – PRI Group DJ Freeman cleans up on largest ever AIM flotation

DJ Freeman has scooped the legal role on what will be the largest ever flotation on AIM. The firm has advised a new entrant to the professional indemnity (PI) insurance market, PRI Group, on its three-step plan to flotation. PRI aims to raise £130m through its float and is expected to have a market capitalisation […]

Contract killers

The European Commission wants to harmonise contract law across all boundaries. But will this hinder the export of legal services? Jon Robins discovers that many UK lawyers are less than happy with the proposal “A single European law of contract for a single market” is the latest big idea from Brussels to deal with what […]

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