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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Latham & Watkins

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Slaughter and May

Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate tax

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Latham & Watkins

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

EU and competition

Gowling WLG

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

White & Case LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Arnold & Porter

Mayer Brown International LLP

Jones Day

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Baker McKenzie

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Stephenson Harwood

Ashurst

Simmons & Simmons

Gowling WLG

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Dentons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Financial services: contentious

RPC

Withers LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Bivonas Law LLP

Fieldfisher

Fox Williams LLP

Ashurst

Kingsley Napley LLP

DLA Piper

Corker Binning

Irwin Mitchell

Akin Gump LLP

White & Case LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ashurst

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

King & Spalding LLP

Dechert LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Jones Day

Milbank

Mayer Brown International LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dentons

Proskauer Rose LLP

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Akin Gump LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Mayer Brown International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Bark&co

Wedlake Bell LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Venture capital

Gowling WLG

Browne Jacobson LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Fieldfisher

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Milbank

Brown Rudnick LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Jones Day

Bird & Bird LLP

Commercial litigation

Baker McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Dentons

King & Spalding LLP

Farrer & Co

Akin Gump LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Arnold & Porter

Professional discipline

Murdochs Solicitors

Bindmans LLP

Irwin Mitchell

Browne Jacobson LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Blackfords LLP

RPC

Bevan Brittan LLP

Public international law

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Withers LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Linklaters LLP

DLA Piper

Carter-Ruck

Arnold & Porter

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Dentons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Ropes & Gray LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Latham & Watkins

Simmons & Simmons

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Simmons & Simmons

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Debt capital markets

Pinsent Masons LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Macfarlanes LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

Fieldfisher

Travers Smith LLP

Slaughter and May

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

White & Case LLP

Milbank

Macfarlanes LLP

Dentons

Structured products and securitisation

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Milbank

Fieldfisher

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Ashurst

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

Transport finance & leasing

Clyde & Co LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Hogan Lovells International LLP

REN Legal

Bird & Bird LLP

Ince

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Squire Patton Boggs

Mayer Brown International LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Simmons & Simmons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Employment: employers

RPC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Farrer & Co

Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Dechert LLP

Slaughter and May

Health and safety

BCL Solicitors LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Weightmans LLP

Blackfords LLP

Gowling WLG

Dentons

Fieldfisher

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pensions (non-contentious)

Gowling WLG

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution

Baker McKenzie

Burges Salmon LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Wedlake Bell LLP

Bristows LLP

DLA Piper

Forsters LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Slaughter and May

Collyer Bristow LLP

Fladgate LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Baker McKenzie

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: development

Slaughter and May

Jones Day

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Dentons

Macfarlanes LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

DLA Piper

Forsters LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Gowling WLG

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Paul Hastings LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Linklaters LLP

Fladgate LLP

Baker McKenzie

Slaughter and May

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Clifford Chance LLP

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Howard Kennedy LLP

Goodwin

Commercial property: investment

Baker McKenzie

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Slaughter and May

Maples Teesdale LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Simmons & Simmons

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

DLA Piper

Wedlake Bell LLP

White & Case LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Dentons

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Goodwin

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: retail

Macfarlanes LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Forsters LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fieldfisher

Fladgate LLP

Construction: contentious

Clifford Chance LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ashurst

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ashurst

White & Case LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Norton Rose Fulbright

Environment

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Baker McKenzie

Planning

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

BDB Pitmans

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Property finance

Mishcon de Reya LLP

White & Case LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Gowling WLG

Property litigation

Pinsent Masons LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Forsters LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Gowling WLG

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Shoosmiths LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bates Wells

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Fintech

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Dentons

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Bristows LLP

Baker McKenzie

Franchising

Harper Macleod LLP

Owen White

TLT

Ashtons Legal

DLA Piper

Mishcon de Reya LLP

IT and telecoms

Milbank

Simmons & Simmons

Hogan Lovells International LLP

RPC

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Slaughter and May

Linklaters LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin LLP

Fieldfisher

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Linklaters LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

RPC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells

Baker McKenzie

Latham & Watkins

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Bristows LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Kemp Little LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Beck Greener LLP

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Forresters

Dentons

Murgitroyd

Appleyard Lees

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Forresters

Fieldfisher

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Baker McKenzie

Murgitroyd

Venner Shipley LLP

Beck Greener LLP

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Powell Gilbert LLP

Arnold & Porter

Sport

Clifford Chance LLP

RPC

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Squire Patton Boggs


Legal Developments by:
CMS

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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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?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    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?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    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.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    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). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.