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London: Dispute resolution

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London: Finance

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Slaughter and May

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency

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London: Public sector

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London: Real estate

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    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

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