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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Latham & Watkins

Slaughter and May

Norton Rose Fulbright

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Corporate tax

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Dentons

Latham & Watkins

Stephenson Harwood

EU and competition

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Gowling WLG

Arnold & Porter

White & Case LLP

Fieldfisher

Mayer Brown International LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Jones Day

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Travers Smith LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Fieldfisher

Dentons

Ashurst

DLA Piper

Gowling WLG

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Financial services: contentious

Fox Williams LLP

Withers LLP

Akin Gump LLP

RPC

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Bivonas Law LLP

Irwin Mitchell

DLA Piper

Corker Binning

White & Case LLP

Fieldfisher

Kingsley Napley LLP

Ashurst

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ashurst

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

King & Spalding LLP

Dechert LLP

Jones Day

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Milbank

Mayer Brown International LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dentons

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Wedlake Bell LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Bark&co

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Venture capital

Gowling WLG

Browne Jacobson LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Fieldfisher

Brown Rudnick LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Milbank

Jones Day

Commercial litigation

Akin Gump LLP

Farrer & Co

King & Spalding LLP

Baker McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Dentons

Bird & Bird LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

International arbitration

Squire Patton Boggs

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Arnold & Porter

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Akin Gump LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Professional discipline

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Blackfords LLP

Irwin Mitchell

Bindmans LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Murdochs Solicitors

Browne Jacobson LLP

RPC

Public international law

Withers LLP

DLA Piper

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Linklaters LLP

Carter-Ruck

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Arnold & Porter

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Taylor Wessing LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dentons

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Simmons & Simmons

Latham & Watkins

Ropes & Gray LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

DLA Piper

Proskauer Rose LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Debt capital markets

Addleshaw Goddard

Macfarlanes LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

Fieldfisher

Slaughter and May

White & Case LLP

DLA Piper

Baker McKenzie

Macfarlanes LLP

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Milbank

Structured products and securitisation

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Baker McKenzie

Milbank

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

White & Case LLP

Ashurst

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Transport finance & leasing

REN Legal

Bird & Bird LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ince

Hogan Lovells International LLP

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Employment: employers

Dechert LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

RPC

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Slaughter and May

Farrer & Co

Bird & Bird LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Health and safety

Fieldfisher

Dentons

Blackfords LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Gowling WLG

Weightmans LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Pensions (non-contentious)

Pinsent Masons LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Gowling WLG

Burges Salmon LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Squire Patton Boggs

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Burges Salmon LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Fladgate LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Baker McKenzie

Macfarlanes LLP

Bristows LLP

Forsters LLP

Slaughter and May

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DLA Piper

Commercial property: development

Travers Smith LLP

Jones Day

Forsters LLP

Slaughter and May

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Macfarlanes LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Gowling WLG

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Linklaters LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Slaughter and May

Fladgate LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Goodwin

Commercial property: investment

Simmons & Simmons

Dentons

Baker McKenzie

Goodwin

DLA Piper

Paul Hastings LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

White & Case LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter and May

Maples Teesdale LLP

Jones Day

Macfarlanes LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Commercial property: retail

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Forsters LLP

Fladgate LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

Macfarlanes LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Construction: contentious

Norton Rose Fulbright

Clifford Chance LLP

Ashurst

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Ashurst

Norton Rose Fulbright

Addleshaw Goddard

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

White & Case LLP

Environment

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Planning

Dentons

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

BDB Pitmans

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Property finance

Mishcon de Reya LLP

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Fieldfisher

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Property litigation

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Forsters LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Cooley (UK) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bates Wells

Browne Jacobson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP

Shoosmiths LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Gowling WLG

Addleshaw Goddard

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fintech

Taylor Wessing LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Bristows LLP

Baker McKenzie

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dentons

Franchising

DLA Piper

Ashtons Legal

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Harper Macleod LLP

TLT

Owen White

IT and telecoms

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Linklaters LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Milbank

Slaughter and May

RPC

Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

RPC

Fieldfisher

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Pinsent Masons LLP

Linklaters LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Latham & Watkins

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Kemp Little LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bates Wells

Goodman Derrick LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bristows LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Forresters

Dentons

Murgitroyd

Appleyard Lees

Beck Greener LLP

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Venner Shipley LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Baker McKenzie

Forresters

Murgitroyd

Fieldfisher

Beck Greener LLP

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Arnold & Porter

Powell Gilbert LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Sport

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

RPC

Squire Patton Boggs

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.