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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Latham & Watkins

Slaughter and May

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate tax

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Pinsent Masons LLP

Latham & Watkins

EU and competition

Arnold & Porter

Burges Salmon LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jones Day

Mayer Brown International LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

White & Case LLP

Gowling WLG

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Baker McKenzie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Travers Smith LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Stephenson Harwood

Simmons & Simmons

Gowling WLG

Mayer Brown International LLP

DLA Piper

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fieldfisher

Dentons

Financial services: contentious

Ashurst

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Withers LLP

Bivonas Law LLP

Fieldfisher

Irwin Mitchell

White & Case LLP

Fox Williams LLP

Akin Gump LLP

DLA Piper

RPC

Corker Binning

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ashurst

Addleshaw Goddard

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

Akin Gump LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Dechert LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Dentons

Jones Day

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Milbank

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

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Bark&co

Stephenson Harwood

Wedlake Bell LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Venture capital

Mills & Reeve LLP

Gowling WLG

Browne Jacobson LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Jones Day

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Fieldfisher

Taylor Wessing LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Milbank

Commercial litigation

Bird & Bird LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

King & Spalding LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Baker McKenzie

Akin Gump LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Farrer & Co

Dentons

International arbitration

Mayer Brown International LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Akin Gump LLP

DLA Piper

Squire Patton Boggs

Baker McKenzie

Arnold & Porter

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Professional discipline

Murdochs Solicitors

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Irwin Mitchell

Blackfords LLP

RPC

Browne Jacobson LLP

Bindmans LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Public international law

Linklaters LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Arnold & Porter

Carter-Ruck

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

DLA Piper

Withers LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Taylor Wessing LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dentons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Winston & Strawn London LLP

DLA Piper

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Macfarlanes LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Latham & Watkins

Ropes & Gray LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Simmons & Simmons

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

DLA Piper

Proskauer Rose LLP

Debt capital markets

Macfarlanes LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

DLA Piper

Macfarlanes LLP

Dentons

Slaughter and May

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Milbank

Structured products and securitisation

White & Case LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Milbank

Fieldfisher

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Baker McKenzie

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Ashurst

DLA Piper

Transport finance & leasing

Clyde & Co LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ince

REN Legal

Bird & Bird LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Squire Patton Boggs

Mayer Brown International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Addleshaw Goddard

Simmons & Simmons

Employment: employers

Farrer & Co

Slaughter and May

Addleshaw Goddard

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

RPC

Dechert LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

DLA Piper

Squire Patton Boggs

Pinsent Masons LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Health and safety

Weightmans LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Blackfords LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Gowling WLG

Dentons

Fieldfisher

Pensions (non-contentious)

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Gowling WLG

Travers Smith LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution

Baker McKenzie

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Burges Salmon LLP

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Bristows LLP

Slaughter and May

Burges Salmon LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Baker McKenzie

Wedlake Bell LLP

Fladgate LLP

Forsters LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

DLA Piper

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: development

Macfarlanes LLP

Forsters LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

DLA Piper

Slaughter and May

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Jones Day

Gowling WLG

Dentons

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Macfarlanes LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Linklaters LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

DLA Piper

Howard Kennedy LLP

Slaughter and May

Fladgate LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Bird & Bird LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Goodwin

Travers Smith LLP

Commercial property: investment

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Goodwin

Squire Patton Boggs

Allen & Overy LLP

DLA Piper

Taylor Wessing LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Jones Day

Simmons & Simmons

Dentons

White & Case LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Baker McKenzie

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Slaughter and May

Macfarlanes LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Commercial property: retail

Macfarlanes LLP

Fieldfisher

Fladgate LLP

Forsters LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Construction: contentious

Clifford Chance LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ashurst

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

White & Case LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ashurst

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Environment

Travers Smith LLP

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

Planning

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

BDB Pitmans

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Property finance

Fieldfisher

Gowling WLG

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Mishcon de Reya LLP

White & Case LLP

Property litigation

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Forsters LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Lee & Thompson LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Cooley (UK) LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Shoosmiths LLP

Bates Wells

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Gowling WLG

Browne Jacobson LLP

Fintech

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Baker McKenzie

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Dentons

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Bristows LLP

Franchising

TLT

Ashtons Legal

Owen White

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Harper Macleod LLP

DLA Piper

IT and telecoms

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Linklaters LLP

Slaughter and May

RPC

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Milbank

Taylor Wessing LLP

Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Fieldfisher

Pinsent Masons LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Linklaters LLP

Stephenson Harwood

RPC

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Goodman Derrick LLP

Bristows LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Bates Wells

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Kemp Little LLP

Baker McKenzie

Howard Kennedy LLP

Latham & Watkins

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Dentons

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Forresters

Beck Greener LLP

Murgitroyd

Appleyard Lees

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Beck Greener LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Fieldfisher

Venner Shipley LLP

Forresters

Murgitroyd

Baker McKenzie

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Gowling WLG

Baker McKenzie

Powell Gilbert LLP

Arnold & Porter

Pinsent Masons LLP

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.