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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.


A misplaced judgement

RE: Judge Attacks Barristers Without Law Degrees (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). Mr Justice Lightman’s attack on barristers without law degrees (and by implication, solicitors) is as surprising as it is ill-considered. I can only guess at the reaction to his comments within the Patent Bar, whose members appear in front of him on an […]

Small firms lose out in SIF contributions

SMALL firms, which already face a massive hike in their Solicitors Indemnity Fund contributions due to risk banding, will have to pay out even more money, according to figures published last week. The figures, released by the society’s deputy vice-president Robert Sayer, show that a new method of calculating firms’ contributions will hit smallest firms […]

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]


Sidley & Austin advised lead manager JP Morgan and trustee Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York on the £300m securitisation of a portfolio of mixed consumer loans by Paragon

Court makes intentions clear

Irvine pledges to go all the way with audience rights “There are no “no go’ areas in the Government’s determination to modernise our country,” proclaims the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper on rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation. Noting that the 1990 Courts and Legal Services Act has led to only 624 solicitor-advocates in […]

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