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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.


Donovan Leisure loses 40 to Orrick Herrington

(Richard Tyler ) The future of New York firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine hangs in the balance following the exodus of a 40-lawyer litigation team to the New York office of bi-coastal firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The mass defection has left Donovans with fewer than 30 lawyers, spread between its New York, Los […]

In brief: KPMG on the acquisition prowl, says Rake

KPMG’s new senior partner Mike Rake, elected last week, has reaffirmed his firm’s determination to acquire a leading law firm. The Lawyer revealed a year ago that KPMG had been talking to Eversheds and Norton Rose. At the time, then senior partner Colin Sharman told The Lawyer that the firm was almost certain to link […]

Germans advance on central Europe while other firms withdraw

In a major boost to its central European practice, German firm Feddersen Laule Scherzberg & Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn has opened offices in Budapest and Warsaw. In Budapest, the firm has brought on board Hungarian lawyer Zsusza Oroszlan. Hamburg-based partner Geza Toth will oversee the operation. In Warsaw, meanwhile, a senior Polish lawyer, Anerzej Kwiasnik will […]

In brief: Lovells' Gentleman goes to Fishburn Hedges

Lovell White Durrant’s marketing communications manager, Fenella Gentleman (pictured) is leaving to join public relations and design consultancy Fishburn Hedges as an associate director on 20 July. Gentleman joined Lovells in 1994 and headed a team of 12 responsible for public relations across the firm’s offices.

Four quit set over legal aid work

Four barristers, including one QC, have quit Leeds set 9 Woodhouse Square to form a new chambers, after a disagreement over how best to respond to the Government’s legal aid reforms. The new set, to be called Mercury Chambers and led by Benjamin Nolan QC, says it will do far less legal aid work than […]

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