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Financial services: contentious

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

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Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation

Travers Smith LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Latham & Watkins

Slaughter and May

Allen & Overy LLP

Stewarts Law LLP

White & Case LLP

Competition litigation

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Allen & Overy LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

International arbitration

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

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Public international law

Latham & Watkins

Cooley (UK) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Tax litigation and investigations

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Fieldfisher

Stewarts Law LLP

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Slaughter and May

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

DLA Piper

Proskauer Rose LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Dechert LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Slaughter and May

White & Case LLP

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Debt capital markets

Hogan Lovells International LLP

DLA Piper

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Dentons

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Derivatives (including commodities)

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Katten

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Milbank

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: investment

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Simmons & Simmons

BLM

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Contruction: non-contentious

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Kennedys

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Irwin Mitchell

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Environment

Macfarlanes LLP

Jones Day

Squire Patton Boggs

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Property finance

Goodwin

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Clyde & Co LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Latham & Watkins

Fladgate LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Farrer & Co

Dechert LLP

Slaughter and May

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

DWF

Burges Salmon LLP

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    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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    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

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    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
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    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
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    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
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