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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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Sinclairs sells up Singapore outfit to rival Watson Farley

Sinclair Roche & Temperley has sold its entire 10-lawyer Singapore business for a “substantial” sum to shipping rival Watson Farley Williams – giving Watson Farley its first foothold in Asia. Neale Gregson, Steven Burkill and Stuart McAlpine will join Watson Farley as partners and former office managing partner Stephen Fordham joins as a consultant on […]

Second senior official defects from SFO

The Serious Fraud Office has suffered another blow, with the move of Andrew Jackson, head of mutual legal assistance, to private investigations company Kroll Associates, where he will be appointed general counsel and associate managing director of UK operations. Jackson said: “One of the reasons I joined Kroll was to get away from the raincoat […]

CPE students have excelled

Yet again we have an attack on the success of the CPE which you highlighted in your editorial. Its graduates have excelled in all areas of the law; it has shown time and again that those who enter via this route perform better in legal examinations, are preferred (in spite of the extra cost of […]

Irvine is personality of the year

Lord Irvine’s plans to smash the Bar’s near monopoly of higher court advocacy have been greeted with jubilation by solicitors. In last week’s consultation paper on rights of audience, the Lord Chancellor called for full rights of audience for all solicitors from their first day on the Roll, providing they met certain training requirements to […]

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