‘On the horizon’ podcast

We have released our ‘on the horizon’ podcast, which is a short summary of the more material developments we expect to see in the next 6-12 months that will be of interest to listed companies. The podcast is available here: ‘on the horizon’ podcast. Read more

Consolidated corporate update January to June 2022

We have published our half-yearly update briefing which summarises the major developments in UK corporate law and regulation that have occurred over the last six months, that is from January to June 2022, and which are of relevance to UK listed companies. Please click here to see the full briefing. Read more

Second Scots Independence Referendum floated – a Q&A update

We assess the key commercial and legal issues as Scots politicians press for a new independence vote in 2023. On 28 June 2022 Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, announced plans to hold a second referendum on 19 October 2023 using the same question as in 2014: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” This Q&A is … Read more

Recent additions to Corporate Notes

Recent additions to our Corporate Notes blog include a look at the FRC’s updated Guidance on the Strategic Report, Takeover Code changes and new Panel Practice Statement No. 33 as well as the Government response on reforming UK data protection law. We have also updated our post on the Government response on audit and corporate … Read more

Data protection – Government response on reform proposals

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the reform of the UK’s data protection laws. Even in the absence of a draft Parliamentary bill, the response gives a good indication of what the new UK data protection regime will look like. Whilst a number of the changes to current data protection laws … Read more

Takeover Code changes in force and new Panel Practice Statement

Miscellaneous changes to the Takeover Code came into force on 13 June 2022 and the Takeover Panel has published a new Practice Statement No 33 on issues for a bidder to consider when buying target shares during an offer period. The changes to the Takeover Code follow two response statements (RS 2021/1 and RS 2022/1) and cover a … Read more

Updated FRC Guidance on Strategic Report

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published an updated version of its Guidance on the Strategic Report. The disclosures required in strategic reports are governed by the nature of the reporting entity. The Guidance therefore aims to assist companies in determining which provisions of the Companies Act 2006 on the content of the strategic report … Read more

Fourth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills Code Companion

We have published the fourth edition of the “Herbert Smith Freehills Code Companion”, which is an index designed to assist UK public M&A practitioners when considering Takeover Code issues. It enables readers to search for particular topics in the Code and then points the reader to the most important Code rules and public sources of … Read more

Recent additions to Corporate Notes

Recent additions to our Corporate Notes blog include a look at the Government response to its audit and corporate governance reform consultation as well as a summary of FCA Primary Market Bulletin No. 40. Read more