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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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FOIL elects new president

Keoghs partner Andrew Underwood has taken up a new role as president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). Underwood succeeded Davies Lavery’s Claire McKinney to the post at FOIL’s annual general meeting after a year as vice-president. Keoghs was a founder member of the forum, which represents the needs and issues of defendant insurance […]

Developing countries in WTO dispute boost

A major step towards stamping out inequalities in global trade has been taken with the establishment of a panel of European and US law firms to represent developing countries in World Trade Organisation (WTO) disputes. Financial constraints mean the developing world has largely been unable to carry out legal challenges to unfair trade and competition […]

The work-life quiz

Nick Thomas, senior partner, Kennedys What was your first ever job? Cleaning the toilets in the Portland Hotel, Chesterfield; the coolest girls hung out there, so I was able to write good things about me on the walls of the ladies. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Having to formally prove, for the […]

Take that to the Manc

The award for pompous correspondent of the week goes to one E Askew, who addressed The Lawyer thus: “Point of order, Liverpool is the North West’s LARGEST city.” E Askew was responding, with barely held-back ire, to last week’s story on Halliwells’ impending merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts. The firm was, it read, breaking into […]

Ringing in the change

Voice over Internet Protocol has been a smash hit in the US. But European legislation means it is not getting the same take-up over here. By Robert Bratby Since the invention of the telephone, customers have wanted more for less. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony promises free calls and threatens the business models of […]

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