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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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Catching up with Europe

Each year as the ties between the European Union’s member states strengthen, lawyers are being asked to increase their knowledge of legislation coming out of the continent. But now, as the Law Society prepares to introduce a new European element to legal training, some people are questioning whether the education system is adequate in preparing […]

Calling the shots

Earlier this year, Bar chairman Peter Goldsmith visited the Department of Education to express concern about the worsening funding situation facing trainee barristers. With less than six per cent of students getting their full fees paid by local education authorities and only 17 per cent getting some form of assistance (compared with 47 per cent […]

Patent battle may go to Lords

A legal battle over patents for plastic nets may go to the House of Lords. In 1992 the High Court ruled that two nets patents held by PLG Research were invalid as no inventive step had been used to arrive at their design. But, last November the Court of Appeal held the nets were covered […]

£1m racecourse deal

One of the country’s best-known racecourses has become council-owned after two teams of solicitors struck a deal thought to be worth more than £1 million. Doncaster Council in south Yorkshire has complete ownership of the town’s course following its purchase of the St Leger Grandstand from receivers for its previous owner, AF Budge. An in-house […]

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In brief: Woolf receives Legal Personality Award

Lord Woolf, winner of the The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards Personality of the Year, receiving his prize from Jayne Bowtell, director of legal recruitment company Reuter Simkin, which sponsored the award. Lord Woolf, soon to publish his extensive blueprint for the reform of the civil courts, headed the line-up of 15 winners at the awards night in […]

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