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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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Outgoing DWS partners win the right to vote on new management

The Eleven departing Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) media and IP partners have been cleared to vote in the forthcoming management elections after the firm went to counsel to clarify its position. DWS sought clarification as to whether the team, which quit for DLA in October, was able to vote after the partners had indicated their […]

NY group uses German law to spark Abu Ghraib investigation

Legal precedent was set last Tuesday (30 November) as a New York human rights organisation filed a complaint in Germany against US officials over alleged torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a not-for-profit legal group, is using a German law granting universal jurisdiction to ask the Federal Prosecutor’s […]

DLA-Piper partners say yes to merger

The $1.4bn (£730m) DLA-Piper Rudnick tie-up was close to winning unanimous support on both sides of the Atlantic as the firms’ partners voted through the merger. As The Lawyer went to press, more than 76 DLA equity partners had already signed up in favour of the merger ahead of Saturday’s (4 December) formal vote. The […]

Careers: in brief

The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) is lobbying for two changes to the Scottish legal system. In a recent submission to the working group for research into the legal services market in Scotland, CIPA called for interested parties to be allowed to make an application for rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation […]

Home front

Since New Labour was elected, the Home Office legal team has been under pressure. Legal head David Seymour talks to Brendan Malkin about effective housekeeping Two weeks have passed since the Queen’s Speech. However, there is little letup in the workload of the person largely responsible for its creation: David Seymour, the Home Office’s legal […]

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