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.
Landlords will not be able to take possession proceedings in respect of their tenants’ leases in England and Wales during the current coronavirus crisis. We consider how recent measures are impacting on commercial landlords.
Despite the global economy stuttering following months of trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty, and the more recent impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, existing trends in the banking sector continue to march on. In this article, partners Paul Gair and Tim Waller and legal director Harry Parker, give their views on what we’re likely to see across three areas shaping banking at the start of this new decade.
The profound business and market interruption already caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has introduced insolvency risks for many otherwise healthy businesses.
The Government’s Stay at Home rules made it clear that children of separated parents were still able to travel between their homes, but some family cases are not so straightforward. We answer some common questions.
The first thing cabin crews tell you is that if you experience a crisis on a plane, put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. And yet, when a crisis hits in business, how many actually follow this advice?
Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.
In a significant decision, HMRC v Inverclyde Property Renovation LLP and Clackmannanshire Regeneration LLP  UKUT 0161 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal has upheld HMRC’s powers to issue a notice and commence an enquiry into returns submitted by a limited liability partnership (LLP).
A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.
Andrew Dinsmore recently appeared for successful shipowners in a s. 69 application concerning the prevention principle and the requirement to give notice or communicate to move the Delivery Date under the SAJ Form.
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DWF’s share price dropped nearly 20 per cent today following the departure of CEO Andrew Leaitherland, making it one of the biggest fallers on the London Stock Exchange. Leaitherland’s exit from the world’s largest listed legal outfit was announced this morning; at which point DWF’s share price started off at just over 76p. However, a […]
World Cup of Chambers The final is entering its last few hours – there’s still time to vote here. Below are a few of the lengths that finalists St John’s Buildings and Pump Court Chambers have gone to in order to win your vote, plus a few of our other favourite Tweets from the final. […]
Firms’ post-pandemic visions are already diverging “We won’t ever go back to how we worked before Covid” – the message from Slater & Gordon, which will leave its current London office for a much smaller one when its lease expires this autumn. The firm will rely much more on remote working in the future. Contrast […]
It was during a jog to Hogan Lovells’ deserted HQ that the magnitude of the current situation hit home for Michael Davison, who starts as deputy CEO at the transatlantic outfit this summer. “It’s going to be unbelievably fiddly getting people back,” says Davison, “the biggest challenge is how and when we think they will […]
Nicholas Plant, Dentons Last month saw the sale of Imperial Brands’ premium cigar business, including a number of its most famous Cuban cigars, to two entities backed by private equity investors. Asides from the inevitable challenges brought about by Covid-19, a series of hoops needed to be jumped through to get the deal over the […]
Pinsent Masons is set to stagger working hours and break times for employees that are returning to the office, however, encouraging UK staff to work from home still forms the “backbone” of the firm’s response to Covid-19. For the past month, a tailored taskforce has been looking at how Pinsents can reopen its offices on […]