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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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The work-life quiz

Simon Pizzey, managing partner, Veale Wasbrough What was your first ever job? Beer making at Ushers Brewery in Trowbridge. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Attending too many fast food outlets in order to gather evidence for a passing off action. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out […]

Clarke Willmott grows in Birmingham

Clarke Willmott grows in Birmingham” />South West heavyweight Clarke Willmott has signalled its intention to grow significantly its presence in Birmingham with the acquisition of local firm Vernon & Shakespeare. The four-partner, £1.4m-turnover firm handles a range of corporate and commercial work for local clients, but is best known as an adviser to housebuilder David […]

Linklaters leads the way in Hong Kong IPO surge

After years of recession, has the Hong Kong economy finally bounced back? Last year proved to be a bumper 12 months for Hong Kong-based lawyers thanks to the record number of companies raising cash through initial public offerings (IPOs). The amount of funds raised via IPOs in 2004 was HK$94.5bn (£6.34bn) – an increase of […]

New LSC chair appointed

Sir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today (3 March). Sir Michael worked as a solicitor before taking up a series of roles in local government and then the Department for Education and Employment. Most recently, in 2001, he […]

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