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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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At least you’re not a listed law firm

In normal circumstances Rosenblatt’s year-end results, published yesterday, would have made for positive reading. Revenue is up 36 per cent from £18.75m to £23.7m for the 2019 year-end, while EBITDA has risen by a whopping 46 per cent from £6.5m to £9.4m and, consequently earnings per share (EPS) has swollen from 3.8p to 7.6p. In […]

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