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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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L&G rejigs property list after BLP scandal

Insurance giant Legal & General (L&G) has kicked off a full-scale review of its external adviser list, with the first stage focusing on its property panel. Current advisers on the property roster include Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Eversheds and LG. The review comes after BLP partner Vinay Veneik, a key L&G relationship ­partner, […]

Law Soc: new money laundering protections in force

Most law firms in England and Wales have now implemented anti-money laundering procedures, according to a Law Society survey. The research, published today (10 July), found 95 per cent of respondents have updated their policies and procedures within six months of the new regulations coming into force last December. Alison Matthews, chair of the Law […]

Hina Jilani wins ABA human rights prize

The International law section of the American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Pakistani activist Hina ;Jilani ;the ;2008 ­International ;Human Rights Lawyer Award. Jilani, who received the Editor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at The Lawyer Awards 2008, co-founded Pakistan’s first all-female legal practice in 1980 and the country’s first free legal aid centre in 1983. […]

Breaking the Cheyne

A novel proposal for the restructuring of Cheyne Finance could signal a change in fortunes for other crunch-hit structured investment vehicles. An agreement has been reached in respect of the restructuring of Cheyne Finance, a structured investment vehicle (SIV) that has succumbed to the ongoing liquidity and credit crunch. This agreement may herald a change […]

Pinsents property man off to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector. He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ventures and property insolvency. Yates has […]

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