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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Slaughter and May

Norton Rose Fulbright

Latham & Watkins

Corporate tax

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Dentons

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Latham & Watkins

Stephenson Harwood

EU and competition

Fieldfisher

Mayer Brown International LLP

Arnold & Porter

Burges Salmon LLP

White & Case LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Jones Day

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Simmons & Simmons

Norton Rose Fulbright

Travers Smith LLP

Baker McKenzie

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Fieldfisher

Dentons

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Gowling WLG

DLA Piper

Stephenson Harwood

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Financial services: contentious

Kingsley Napley LLP

Fieldfisher

Akin Gump LLP

DLA Piper

Bivonas Law LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Ashurst

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Corker Binning

Irwin Mitchell

Withers LLP

White & Case LLP

RPC

Fox Williams LLP

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Addleshaw Goddard

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Ashurst

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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

Jones Day

King & Spalding LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Milbank

Dentons

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dechert LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Akin Gump LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Akin Gump LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Bark&co

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Wedlake Bell LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Venture capital

Browne Jacobson LLP

Gowling WLG

Mills & Reeve LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Fieldfisher

Jones Day

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Milbank

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Commercial litigation

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Farrer & Co

Bird & Bird LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Dentons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Baker McKenzie

Akin Gump LLP

International arbitration

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Mayer Brown International LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

Professional discipline

Blackfords LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Murdochs Solicitors

RPC

Bindmans LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Irwin Mitchell

Public international law

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Withers LLP

DLA Piper

Simmons & Simmons

Carter-Ruck

Clyde & Co LLP

Arnold & Porter

Linklaters LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Dentons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Simmons & Simmons

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ropes & Gray LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Latham & Watkins

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Proskauer Rose LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown International LLP

Debt capital markets

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

DLA Piper

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Dentons

Milbank

Fieldfisher

Baker McKenzie

Macfarlanes LLP

Slaughter and May

Travers Smith LLP

White & Case LLP

Structured products and securitisation

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Milbank

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Ashurst

White & Case LLP

Fieldfisher

Baker McKenzie

Transport finance & leasing

Clyde & Co LLP

Ince

REN Legal

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Stephenson Harwood

Simmons & Simmons

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Mayer Brown International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Employment: employers

Taylor Wessing LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Addleshaw Goddard

Slaughter and May

RPC

Squire Patton Boggs

Dechert LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Farrer & Co

Bird & Bird LLP

Health and safety

Norton Rose Fulbright

Kingsley Napley LLP

Weightmans LLP

Fieldfisher

BCL Solicitors LLP

Dentons

Gowling WLG

Blackfords LLP

Pensions (non-contentious)

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Burges Salmon LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Fladgate LLP

Bristows LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Baker McKenzie

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Slaughter and May

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

DLA Piper

Forsters LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Commercial property: development

Forsters LLP

Gowling WLG

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Slaughter and May

Addleshaw Goddard

Macfarlanes LLP

Jones Day

DLA Piper

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Goodwin

Travers Smith LLP

Slaughter and May

Macfarlanes LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Fieldfisher

Linklaters LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Howard Kennedy LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

DLA Piper

Baker McKenzie

Fladgate LLP

Commercial property: investment

Jones Day

Allen & Overy LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Dentons

Goodwin

Macfarlanes LLP

White & Case LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Slaughter and May

DLA Piper

Baker McKenzie

Taylor Wessing LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Paul Hastings LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Maples Teesdale LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: retail

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fladgate LLP

Forsters LLP

Fieldfisher

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Construction: contentious

Clyde & Co LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ashurst

Contruction: non-contentious

Addleshaw Goddard

Norton Rose Fulbright

Clifford Chance LLP

White & Case LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ashurst

Environment

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Planning

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

BDB Pitmans

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ashurst

Dentons

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Property finance

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Fieldfisher

White & Case LLP

Gowling WLG

Baker McKenzie

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Property litigation

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Forsters LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ashurst

Dentons

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Shoosmiths LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Lee & Thompson LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Gowling WLG

Squire Patton Boggs

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bates Wells

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Fintech

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dentons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bristows LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Franchising

TLT

Ashtons Legal

DLA Piper

Harper Macleod LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Owen White

IT and telecoms

Taylor Wessing LLP

Linklaters LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Milbank

RPC

Slaughter and May

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Intellectual property

Fieldfisher

Linklaters LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

RPC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Allen & Overy LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Latham & Watkins

Kemp Little LLP

Bristows LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bates Wells

Howard Kennedy LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Beck Greener LLP

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Dentons

Appleyard Lees

Murgitroyd

Forresters

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Venner Shipley LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Forresters

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Beck Greener LLP

Murgitroyd

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Arnold & Porter

Powell Gilbert LLP

Gowling WLG

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

Sport

Squire Patton Boggs

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

RPC

Clifford Chance LLP


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.