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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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Jones Day scores seven-strong team from Kirkland

Jones Day has boosted its US restructuring practice with the hire of a seven-lawyer team from Kirkland & Ellis. The US firm has recruited Kirkland’s Los Angeles restructuring head Richard Wynne and partner Bennet Spiegel as well as counsels Lori Sinanyan and Erin Brady for its LA office. Jones Day has also hired three associates […]

Is the Human Rights Act a new source of redress?

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled in the case of Private Jason Smith, the Territorial Army soldier who died of heatstroke while serving in Iraq in 2003, that the Human Rights Act (HRA) could apply to British troops, even on the battlefield. This is a hugely important decision with far-reaching implications. Human rights legislation […]

Camerons gets flexi green light

CMS CAMERON McKenna has persuaded more than 90 per cent of its staff to sign up to its flexible working scheme, despite internal opposition to the plan. It is understood that just 50 per cent of employees had agreed to the scheme a week before the deadline on Friday 29 May. But after a concerted […]

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Beleaguered law students face paralegal KO

PARALEGALS are in danger of being edged out of a shrinking jobs market as recruiters offer positions to those who have had their training contracts deferred. Hannah Jackson, a senior recruitment consultant at Hays Legal specialising in placing paralegals said: “We’re only looking at candidates who have training contracts. It’s sad because you see so many cases of wasted talent who […]

BMI chairman flies in Linklaters to force Lufthansa’s hand

BMI BRITISH Midland chairman Sir Michael Bishop has drafted in Linklaters to try to force rival airline Lufthansa to complete its planned takeover of the company. Bishop is attempting to enforce a contract requiring the German airline to buy his majority stake in BMI, calling on Linklaters corporate partner Matthew Middleditch. But Lufthansa, represented by longstanding adviser […]

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