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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.


University set to build £10m Salford Law School

The University of Salford is building a new law school to compete with local rivals BPP Law School’s Manchester branch, the University of Manchester Law School and Manchester Metropolitan University Law School. Professor Alistair Alcock, formerly dean of law and later deputy vice-chancellor at Buckingham University, has been appointed as founding law professor. Alcock commented: […]

The Far East

The Far East has generated a swathe of newspaper headlines in recent months. While Japan maintains its status as Asia’s largest and most sophisticated financial market, Allen & Overy is putting its Tokyo office under review and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton was forced to close its underperforming Tokyo office in late April. Instead, the […]

Councils appeal for barristers

The bar is becoming increasingly commercial and clients are starting to take advantage of that, particularly in the public sector. Some months ago, Hackney Borough Council announced that it was forming a panel of barristers, and now three Midlands councils are following suit. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils began tendering for chambers to join their […]

Landwell becomes PwC Legal as prospect of MDPs approaches

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) associated law firm Landwell has rebranded in an effort to ally itself more closely with the Big Four accountant. From 1 July Landwell has rebranded as PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Senior partner Leon Flavell said the Landwell brand meant that the relationship between law firm and accountancy practice was not clear to the external market. […]


Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from Warwickshire firm Lodders. Sheffield firm Wake Smith’s trust, tax and probate partner Michael Tunbridge has repl… Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th commercial property team fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from […]

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