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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.


190 take AIM in a year

ABOUT 190 companies have been listed on the alternative investment market (AIM) since its inception 13 months ago. AIM is a successor to the unlisted securities market (USM) and is designed to give smaller companies greater access to capital to help build their businesses. Corporate finance partner Paul Cooper at Bristol firm Bevan Ashford said […]


Hammonds hires French lawyer as first play in move to link with a French firm

HAMMOND Suddards is seeking a tie-up with a law firm in France and has hired French corporate lawyer Corinne Bouffandeau to assist in the move. Bouffandeau, who most recently was an in-house lawyer, working as economic adviser with the European Commission’s delegation to Sri Lanka, said: “My main objective is to strengthen the French client […]

SCB handling of Howells is questioned

THE WOMAN whose complaint led to a severe rebuke for ex-Law Society treasurer Mike Howells says she has asked the Legal Services Ombudsman to review the way the case was handled by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB). Howells resigned two weeks ago after SCB papers relating to the case were leaked to The Lawyer. Prior […]

Docs Open firm is taken over

Quintec International, a distributor of document management and integration systems, is to be taken over by the US company PC Docs Group International. Quintec is already the exclusive UK distributor for Docs Open, a document management system created by PC Docs, a subsidiary of PC Docs Group. The news was welcomed by observers. Simon Kosminsky, […]

Mission impossible

Instructing an agent was, and in many cases still is, a matter of thumbing through a directory and phoning a firm to see if it has anyone available, then sending off a bundle of documents – probably a day before the hearing – and hoping all goes well. If it does not, the usual move […]

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