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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Farrer & Co

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Simons Muirhead & Burton

Fladgate LLP

Bates Wells

Howard Kennedy LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Stephenson Harwood

Cooley (UK) LLP

Keystone Law

Lewis Silkin LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Corporate tax

Cooley (UK) LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Jones Day

Fieldfisher

Dechert LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

EU and competition

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP

HFW

Bird & Bird LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Stephenson Harwood

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Memery Crystal LLP

Walker Morris LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

DWF

Dechert LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Financial services: contentious

Milbank

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Dentons

Hickman & Rose

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

King & Spalding LLP

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Baker McKenzie

Dechert LLP

Dentons

Fox Williams LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

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

Jones Day

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Goodwin

Taylor Wessing LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Dentons

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Venture capital

Keystone Law

Arnold & Porter

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Jones Day

Brown Rudnick LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Milbank

Bird & Bird LLP

Fieldfisher

Commercial litigation

Dentons

Bird & Bird LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Baker McKenzie

Cooley (UK) LLP

King & Spalding LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Farrer & Co

Commodities disputes

RPC

Mills & Co

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Ince

Norton Rose Fulbright

Linklaters LLP

International arbitration

Jones Day

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Fieldfisher

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Stewarts Law LLP

RPC

Cooley (UK) LLP

HFW

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Slaughter and May

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Dentons

Withers LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Signature Litigation LLP

Public international law

DLA Piper

Carter-Ruck

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Withers LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Linklaters LLP

Arnold & Porter

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Burges Salmon LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Addleshaw Goddard

Dechert LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Debt capital markets

Macfarlanes LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

Macfarlanes LLP

White & Case LLP

DLA Piper

Slaughter and May

Milbank

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Fieldfisher

Emerging markets

Akin Gump LLP

Latham & Watkins

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dechert LLP

Trinity International LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Gowling WLG

High yield

Ashurst

Mayer Brown International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Structured products and securitisation

Ropes & Gray LLP

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Trade finance

Clifford Chance LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Baker McKenzie

Jones Day

Clyde & Co LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP

Transport finance & leasing

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Bird & Bird LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Ince

REN Legal

London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Fenchurch Law

Clifford Chance LLP

Michelmores LLP

Professional negligence

Ashurst

Withers LLP

Fieldfisher

TLT

Ince

Weightmans LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Clyde & Co LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

London: Real estate

Commercial property: development

Fladgate LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Maples Teesdale LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

BDB Pitmans

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Forsters LLP

Hamlins LLP

Gowling WLG

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Addleshaw Goddard

RLS Law

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Wallace LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: investment

Hamlins LLP

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Farrer & Co

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Davitt Jones Bould

Payne Hicks Beach

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Construction: contentious

Simmons & Simmons

Akin Gump LLP

BLM

Fladgate LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Wedlake Bell LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP

Memery Crystal LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Fladgate LLP

HFW

Beale & Co

Fieldfisher

Simmons & Simmons

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Environment

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Slaughter and May

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ashurst

Latham & Watkins

Property finance

Goodwin

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Farrer & Co

Dechert LLP

Slaughter and May

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

DWF

Clyde & Co LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Latham & Watkins

Burges Salmon LLP

Fladgate LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Property litigation

Edwin Coe LLP

Davitt Jones Bould

Ashfords LLP

Memery Crystal LLP

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Druces LLP

Hamlins LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Wallace LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

TLT

Ince

IT and telecoms

Shepherd and Wedderburn

DMH Stallard LLP

Blake Morgan LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Kemp IT Law

Stevens & Bolton LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

PREISKEL & CO LLP

Gowling WLG

Wallace LLP

iLaw

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Michelmores LLP

Intellectual property

TLT

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ashurst

Irwin Mitchell

Clifford Chance LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Howard Kennedy LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Edwin Coe LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Keystone Law

Fox Williams LLP

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Goodman Derrick LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bates Wells

Latham & Watkins

Kemp Little LLP

Bristows LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Allen & Overy 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.