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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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West End associates win pay war

Associates working in London’s West End were the biggest winners in the latest round of pay reviews. According to an annual survey by recruitment consultants Michael Page, the average salaries of lawyers with four years’ post-qualification experience (PQE) working in West End firms made the biggest leap, from £52,000 to £56,000. Across the board the […]

Pillsbury offloads insurance litigation team ahead of merger

Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pitman have made their first bold move to offload unwanted practices sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams. The group of four partners, one counsel and fifteen associates are led by Walter Andrews and Lon Berk, who will join Hunton & Williams’ Northern Virginia office. […]

The power pack

The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved Expansion in the UK renewables sector over the past few years has by any measure been astonishing. Many people associate renewable energy with wind turbines, which is testament to the tremendous lobbying work carried out […]

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