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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Slaughter and May

Latham & Watkins

Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate tax

Pinsent Masons LLP

Latham & Watkins

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Stephenson Harwood

DLA Piper

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

EU and competition

White & Case LLP

Gowling WLG

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Arnold & Porter

Fieldfisher

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Jones Day

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Travers Smith LLP

Baker McKenzie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Mayer Brown International LLP

DLA Piper

Simmons & Simmons

Gowling WLG

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Dentons

Fieldfisher

Ashurst

Stephenson Harwood

Financial services: contentious

Fieldfisher

White & Case LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Bivonas Law LLP

DLA Piper

Withers LLP

Corker Binning

Ashurst

Irwin Mitchell

Fox Williams LLP

RPC

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Ashurst

Addleshaw Goddard

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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

King & Spalding LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Dechert LLP

Dentons

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Jones Day

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Milbank

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

Akin Gump LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Stephenson Harwood

Wedlake Bell LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Bark&co

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

Fieldfisher

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Milbank

Brown Rudnick LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jones Day

Commercial litigation

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Baker McKenzie

Taylor Wessing LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Farrer & Co

Dentons

King & Spalding LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Akin Gump LLP

International arbitration

Mayer Brown International LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Baker McKenzie

Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper

Arnold & Porter

Akin Gump LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Professional discipline

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bindmans LLP

Blackfords LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

RPC

Murdochs Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell

Browne Jacobson LLP

Public international law

DLA Piper

Simmons & Simmons

Carter-Ruck

Withers LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Linklaters LLP

Arnold & Porter

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Dentons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Latham & Watkins

Ropes & Gray LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Pinsent Masons LLP

Simmons & Simmons

DLA Piper

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Debt capital markets

Addleshaw Goddard

Macfarlanes LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

White & Case LLP

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Milbank

Slaughter and May

DLA Piper

Macfarlanes LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Structured products and securitisation

Shearman & Sterling LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Milbank

White & Case LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ashurst

Fieldfisher

Transport finance & leasing

REN Legal

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Ince

Addleshaw Goddard

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Stephenson Harwood

Employment: employers

Slaughter and May

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dechert LLP

RPC

Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper

Bird & Bird LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Farrer & Co

Taylor Wessing LLP

Health and safety

Fieldfisher

BCL Solicitors LLP

Blackfords LLP

Dentons

Norton Rose Fulbright

Weightmans LLP

Gowling WLG

Kingsley Napley LLP

Pensions (non-contentious)

Burges Salmon LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Gowling WLG

Pensions: dispute resolution

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Squire Patton Boggs

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Burges Salmon LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DLA Piper

Baker McKenzie

Fladgate LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Forsters LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bristows LLP

Slaughter and May

Collyer Bristow LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: development

Forsters LLP

Gowling WLG

Travers Smith LLP

Jones Day

Pinsent Masons LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Dentons

Slaughter and May

Macfarlanes LLP

DLA Piper

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Travers Smith LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bird & Bird LLP

Slaughter and May

Clifford Chance LLP

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Goodwin

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Fladgate LLP

Linklaters LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: investment

White & Case LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Baker McKenzie

Maples Teesdale LLP

DLA Piper

Paul Hastings LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Slaughter and May

Pinsent Masons LLP

Jones Day

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Addleshaw Goddard

Goodwin

Simmons & Simmons

Dentons

Macfarlanes LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Commercial property: retail

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fieldfisher

Fladgate LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Forsters LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Construction: contentious

Clyde & Co LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Ashurst

Norton Rose Fulbright

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

White & Case LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ashurst

Clifford Chance LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Norton Rose Fulbright

Environment

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Planning

Dentons

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

BDB Pitmans

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Property finance

Gowling WLG

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Fieldfisher

White & Case LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Baker McKenzie

Property litigation

Forsters LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dentons

Ashurst

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Lee & Thompson LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Bates Wells

Shoosmiths LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Gowling WLG

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Browne Jacobson LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fintech

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Dentons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Bristows LLP

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Franchising

Owen White

Mishcon de Reya LLP

TLT

Harper Macleod LLP

Ashtons Legal

DLA Piper

IT and telecoms

Milbank

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Slaughter and May

Simmons & Simmons

RPC

Taylor Wessing LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Linklaters LLP

Intellectual property

Fieldfisher

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Linklaters LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Lewis Silkin LLP

RPC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Kemp Little LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Bates Wells

Latham & Watkins

Howard Kennedy LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

Baker McKenzie

Allen & Overy LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bristows LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Dentons

Appleyard Lees

Murgitroyd

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Beck Greener LLP

Forresters

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Forresters

Murgitroyd

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Beck Greener LLP

Venner Shipley LLP

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Arnold & Porter

Pinsent Masons LLP

Powell Gilbert LLP

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Sport

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

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.