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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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Hextalls installs first non-executive chair

Hextalls has appointed head of employment Jane Liddington as its first non-executive chair as part of a new management structure. Liddington will be responsible for mentoring Hextalls’ staff, as well as for internal and external communications. Matthew Clark continues as the firm’s chief executive – he is due to visitthe US later this year with […]

Bullers and Dawkins merge

Birmingham firm Buller Jeffries has merged with commercial property and private client firm Dawkins & Grey. Judy Bonegal and Roger Williams join as partners. The merger coincides with the promotion to partner of Clive Vernon, head of Bullers’ commercial property and private client department, who will head the newlyenlarged team.

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CPS hit by racism allegations

The Crown Prosecution Service has been rocked by accusations of racism by one of its own prosecutors, former barrister Uma Bhardwaj. Bhardwaj is taking the CPS to the Central London Employment Tribunal, claiming its recruitment strategy discriminates against black and Asian recruits. In 2004, the CPS offered Bhardwaj a role as a senior prosecutor but […]

A&O, DLA in £28.2m NHS IT fees windfall

The NHS has received one of the biggest-ever bills for legal work in the public sector, breaking all records for a major project, with more to come as the National Programme for IT in the NHS has yet to complete. The Lawyer can reveal that Allen & Overy (A&O), DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and […]

Freshfields takes second huge IPO

There isn’t a bigger IPO in Asia this year than the estimated $12bn (£6.59bn) Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) flotation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ace corporate lawyer Teresa Ko features prominently on yet another massive IPO. Freshfields is advising the underwriters on Hong Kong law, working with Shearman & Sterling, which will […]

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