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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Squire Patton Boggs

Howard Kennedy LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Keystone Law

Lewis Silkin LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Fladgate LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bates Wells

Farrer & Co

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Simons Muirhead & Burton

Corporate tax

Fieldfisher

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Dechert LLP

Jones Day

Cooley (UK) LLP

EU and competition

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Squire Patton Boggs

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

HFW

Bird & Bird LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Dechert LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Memery Crystal LLP

DWF

Taylor Wessing LLP

Walker Morris LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Financial services: contentious

King & Spalding LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Hickman & Rose

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Winston & Strawn LLP

Baker McKenzie

Milbank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Fox Williams LLP

Dechert LLP

Dentons

Baker McKenzie

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Bird & Bird LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Dentons

Goodwin

Taylor Wessing LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Jones Day

Venture capital

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Arnold & Porter

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Keystone Law

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Brown Rudnick LLP

Milbank

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Fieldfisher

Jones Day

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial litigation

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Baker McKenzie

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Farrer & Co

Taylor Wessing LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Dentons

Commodities disputes

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mills & Co

Ince

RPC

Linklaters LLP

International arbitration

Bird & Bird LLP

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Jones Day

Winston & Strawn LLP

Withers LLP

Slaughter and May

Dentons

Addleshaw Goddard

Fieldfisher

RPC

Signature Litigation LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

HFW

Stewarts Law LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Public international law

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Withers LLP

DLA Piper

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Arnold & Porter

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Carter-Ruck

Linklaters LLP

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Stephenson Harwood

Bird & Bird LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Dechert LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Taylor Wessing LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Debt capital markets

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

Slaughter and May

Baker McKenzie

Macfarlanes LLP

DLA Piper

Dentons

White & Case LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Fieldfisher

Milbank

Emerging markets

Akin Gump LLP

Latham & Watkins

Trinity International LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dechert LLP

Gowling WLG

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

High yield

Proskauer Rose LLP

Ashurst

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Structured products and securitisation

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Trade finance

Clyde & Co LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Baker McKenzie

Hill Dickinson LLP

Jones Day

Transport finance & leasing

Clyde & Co LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ince

Bird & Bird LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

REN Legal

London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Michelmores LLP

Fenchurch Law

Clifford Chance LLP

Professional negligence

Fieldfisher

Ince

TLT

Withers LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Weightmans LLP

Ashurst

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Bird & Bird LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

London: Real estate

Commercial property: development

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

BDB Pitmans

Fladgate LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Gowling WLG

Forsters LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP

Hamlins LLP

Wallace LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Simmons & Simmons

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

RLS Law

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: investment

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Payne Hicks Beach

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Hamlins LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Davitt Jones Bould

Farrer & Co

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Construction: contentious

Akin Gump LLP

Fladgate LLP

BLM

Simmons & Simmons

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Fieldfisher

Maples Teesdale LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Simmons & Simmons

HFW

Beale & Co

Fladgate LLP

Memery Crystal LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Environment

Latham & Watkins

Slaughter and May

Norton Rose Fulbright

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ashurst

Property finance

Bird & Bird LLP

Goodwin

DWF

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Fladgate LLP

Dechert LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Farrer & Co

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Latham & Watkins

Clyde & Co LLP

Slaughter and May

Property litigation

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ashfords LLP

Druces LLP

Edwin Coe LLP

Wallace LLP

Hamlins LLP

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Norton Rose Fulbright

Davitt Jones Bould

Allen & Overy LLP

Memery Crystal LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Ince

TLT

IT and telecoms

Mills & Reeve LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Kemp IT Law

Wallace LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP

iLaw

Burges Salmon LLP

DMH Stallard LLP

PREISKEL & CO LLP

Blake Morgan LLP

Michelmores LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Gowling WLG

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Intellectual property

Wedlake Bell LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Keystone Law

Irwin Mitchell

TLT

Howard Kennedy LLP

Ashurst

Collyer Bristow LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Norton Rose Fulbright

Fox Williams LLP

Edwin Coe LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Howard Kennedy LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Latham & Watkins

Kemp Little LLP

Bates Wells

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Baker McKenzie

Goodman Derrick LLP

Bristows LLP


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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.