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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.


One Essex Court poised to gross £35m this year

Magic circle set One Essex Court is to post a record £3m in earnings this month at one of the slowest times of the year. Last year’s decision to focus on commercial work and to internally restructure chambers clerking could result in the annual turnover of the chambers exceeding £35m if it continues to attract […]


Is India the new Japan? This question will raise a wry smile from lawyers who have worked on India-related matters over the past 10 years. In 1991 India announced deregulation and reform to open up its economy. The first flush of enthusiasm, which saw Western businesses, including law firms, rush to take advantage of India’s […]

BBC picks BT director as its top legal adviser

The BBC is hiring the director of regulatory compliance from British Telecommunications (BT) as its new legal adviser. Anne Fletcher will join the BBC in March to fill the role of the company’s top lawyer, which has been vacant since May last year. Previous legal adviser Fred Croft left following an internal reorganisation at London’s […]

A bar on competition

Is Hong Kong’s bar under threat of extinction, or is it simply not prepared to compete? To some extent Hong Kong recognises, that its bar is too small to support specialists in some fields, so it continues to permit QCs from the UK to be admitted on an ad hoc basis. Although this is plainly […]

McDermotts snatches McMahon from Orricks

One of the leading intellectual property (IP) litigators in Silicon Valley is leaving Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe to join Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery. Terry McMahon, who headed Orrick’s IP group, will chair McDermotts’ West Coast IP practice, covering Silicon Valley, Orange County and Los Angeles. McMahon launched Orrick’s IP department in 1995 when […]

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