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DLA Piper

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

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Signature Litigation LLP

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Commercial litigation

Stewarts Law LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Slaughter and May

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Latham & Watkins

Allen & Overy LLP

White & Case LLP

Competition litigation

Stewarts Law LLP

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International arbitration

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Allen & Overy LLP

Public international law

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Latham & Watkins

Cooley (UK) LLP

Tax litigation and investigations

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Dechert LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Slaughter and May

Macfarlanes LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

DLA Piper

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Dentons

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Latham & Watkins

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Debt capital markets

DLA Piper

Arnold & Porter

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Derivatives (including commodities)

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Ropes & Gray LLP

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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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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

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Construction: contentious

BLM

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Akin Gump LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Irwin Mitchell

Kennedys

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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

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Forsters LLP

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Environment

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

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Property finance

Burges Salmon LLP

Fladgate LLP

Farrer & Co

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Slaughter and May

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Latham & Watkins

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Ropes & Gray LLP

DWF

Dechert LLP

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Goodwin

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

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