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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.


Witness payments to be reviewed

The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials. Officials from the LCD, Home Office, Law Officers Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are charged with producing a report on the issue by […]

Merging the cultures of the global law firm

Size matters – so Renault would have us believe. Its current television advertising campaign wittily captures the dictum, currently so much in vogue, that “biggest is best”. Preoccupations with size have spawned an age in which merger-mania is rife and countless businesses seem intent on consuming their nearest (and sometimes larger) rivals. All this activity […]

Join the identity parade

Paul Caplan reports on the five firms short-listed for The Lawyer’s corporate brand award. A few years ago the very idea of marketing awards for the legal profession would have been unthinkable. Very few firms would have thought an entry worthwhile and it is doubtful there would have been anything worth judging. But times have […]


SJ Berwin advised Totally on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market on the London Stock Exchange. The firm also acted on the placing of 5 million new ordinary shares. Johnathan Djanogly

High Court toilet row no joke

A legal row is on the High Court stocks over Riverside Building on the banks of the Thames – London’s former County Hall. The battle is over use of toilets. Oceanic Village claims that when it took on the lease of the basement and ground floor of the premises for use as a high-quality gift […]

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