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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.


The draftsman's contract

Michael Simmons is partner at Finers and a consultant on professional practice problems. It is surprising how many firms of solicitors are prepared to leave the regulation of their own affairs to chance, or to the lottery of that ancient statute the Partnership Act 1890. Yet no self-respecting lawyer would advise their client to establish […]

Litigation Personal Injury 26/09/95

Holland v Smith – QBD 23 June 1995 Claimant: Bernard Holland Accident: Motorcycle accident Injuries: Plaintiff received severe, multiple injuries to head, arm, leg and remains disabled Award: £219,24Judge: Mr Justice May Solicitors: McGrath & Co (London) Turner v Plessey Research Caswell – QBD 26 June 1995 Claimant: James Turner, 56 Accident: Research worker contracted […]

In brief: CCBE still out on establishment plan

The CCBE is still pondering the question of rights of establishment after Germany and the UK put forward new proposals to break the deadlock at a meeting in Brussels last week. According to Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson, the Spanish and French delegations did not reject the proposals out of hand. Further discussions […]

Playing the waiting game

Despite US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue bid to launch its new office in Bombay, the mood among investors in India has soured after a decision by the government of Maharashtra, an Indian state, to pull the rug on the US$2.8 billion power station project to be run by US gas company Enron. Worse […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kim Beatson

Kim Beatson specialises in family law and divides her working week between City practice Berrymans and Barnes practice Ashbys. Born in Sheffield, she now lives in Wimbledon. What was your first job? Selling cigarettes from a kiosk outside Sheffield Market. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,250 in 1982 (the Law Society […]

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