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Lawrence Graham LLP

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Singapore, Moscow, Monte Carlo, London, Dubai

Lawrence Graham LLP (LG) is a distinctive legal practice with a leading reputation in its chosen services and sectors. Its approach is relationship-driven and internationally minded, with great people dedicated to their clients.

The firm: The firm services its clients from international offices in London, Dubai, Monaco, Moscow and Singapore, and also through its close relationships with other advisers in its key jurisdictions. LG has recently entered the Brazilian market with an association with an established and well regarded local law firm in the country.

Together, it advises seamlessly on the most complex cases, cross-border deals and disputes.

Over 42% of its transactions are now handled for companies based outside the UK. The emerging markets of India, the Middle East, South America and South East Asia remain of critical importance to The firm and its clients, while exciting new business opportunities in the more mature markets of Europe and North America keep it firmly centred on those regions.

LG is proud to have a culture that is open and refreshingly straightforward. It employs highly talented individuals, while valuing a strong team ethic - and that is fundamental to the way it works as a business.

Types of work undertaken: LG offers a full range of legal services, with particular focus on commerce and technology, corporate, dispute resolution, employment and pensions, finance, real estate and tax, and private capital. It has a specific understanding of the issues facing businesses and individuals operating in its key sectors:

Energy and natural resources: LG has a long-established presence in the UK and international natural resources industry. It works with clients in the mining and minerals, oil and gas, power, renewable energy, cleantech and commodities sectors as well as related services businesses.

Financial institutions: LG advises leading industry players, including banks, corporate finance houses, asset managers, fund administrators, insurance companies, commodity and energy traders, IFA umbrellas, financial advisers, mortgage brokers, insurance intermediaries, professional firms, retail and professional investment funds and individual directors.

Healthcare: LG has a long history of representing corporate and public and private sector bodies in the medical, medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. LG also acts for companies in the care home sector, both psychiatric care and retirement homes, including retirement villages.

Hospitality and leisure: having advised on some of the largest deals in hospitality and leisure, the LG team understands the diverse and highly competitive nature of the industry. Its experience is evidenced in its work with leading pub chains, restaurateurs, hotel financiers, leisure facility developers and operators and gaming companies.

Private capital: LG’s unique and highly successful ‘International Billionaire Group’ has enabled it to pull rapidly away in recent years and distinguish itself from the pack of more traditional UK private client legal practices. Its private client practice remains firmly focused on the international ultra-high-net-wealth market, providing advice to the world’s wealthiest families and their banks and offshore trustees.

Publishing and media: LG advises companies engaged in activities from advertising and design to business information and computer games.

Real estate: LG is widely known for providing high-quality, practical and commercial advice at all stages of the process of creating and dealing with real estate assets. Its expertise mirrors the broad range of its clients’ needs - from creating the right corporate structures for the particular investment and investors, to securing bank lending and from advising on regeneration and development projects through to construction matters and property disputes.

Technology: LG’s technology work is driven both by its broad UK client base and its established links with the burgeoning IT industry in India. Offshore development and IT outsourcing also remain major drivers for IT work.

Other offices: Monaco

Number of UK partners 69

Number of other UK fee-earners 138

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Lawrence Graham LLP

  • VAT: transfer of going concern

    The VAT tribunal has upheld HMRC's assessment that the sale of a restaurant business was not a transfer of a going concern (TOGC) because the buyer did not carry on the same kind of business as the seller after the transfer.
    - LG LLP

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces