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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Clifford Chance

Linklaters LLP

Ashurst

Osborne Clarke LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Corporate tax

White & Case LLP

Latham & Watkins

NGM Tax Law LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Stephenson Harwood

DLA Piper

Addleshaw Goddard

EU and competition

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

DLA Piper

Fieldfisher

Jones Day

Bristows LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Simmons & Simmons

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Latham & Watkins

Equity capital markets

Baker McKenzie

Mayer Brown International LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Dentons

Simmons & Simmons

Travers Smith LLP

Financial services

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Latham & Watkins

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

DLA Piper

Kingsley Napley LLP

Corker Binning

Fox Williams LLP

Irwin Mitchell

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Withers LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

RPC

Fieldfisher

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Osborne Clarke LLP

Stephenson Harwood

DLA Piper

Ashurst

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Gowling WLG

Simmons & Simmons

Fieldfisher

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Private equity: transactions

Taylor Wessing LLP

Dentons

Goodwin

Osborne Clarke LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Stephenson Harwood

Norton Rose Fulbright

VAT and indirect tax

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ashurst

DLA Piper

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Norton Rose Fulbright

Venture capital

Cooley (UK) LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Ashfords LLP

Gowling WLG

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Brown Rudnick LLP

Jones Day

Bird & Bird LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Macfarlanes LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Fieldfisher

Commercial litigation

Dechert LLP

Baker McKenzie

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Farrer & Co

International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown International LLP

HFW

Baker McKenzie

Slaughter and May

Osborne Clarke LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Professional discipline

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Murdochs Solicitors

Browne Jacobson LLP

RPC

Bindmans LLP

Public international law

DLA Piper

Clyde & Co LLP

Arnold & Porter

Linklaters LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Baker McKenzie

Simmons & Simmons

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Taylor Wessing LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Asset finance and leasing

Fieldfisher

Shoosmiths LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Latham & Watkins

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Addleshaw Goddard

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Ropes & Gray LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Debt capital markets

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Jones Day

Derivatives and structured products

Travers Smith LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Baker McKenzie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

DLA Piper

Slaughter and May

Securitisation

Squire Patton Boggs

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

London: Real estate

Commercial property

DLA Piper

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Fladgate LLP

Gowling WLG

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Slaughter and May

Addleshaw Goddard

Slaughter and May

Forsters LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Gowling WLG

Jones Day

Dentons

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

DLA Piper

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hamlins LLP

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Goodwin

Slaughter and May

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Fladgate LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Fieldfisher

Allen & Overy LLP

Baker McKenzie

Jones Day

Mishcon de Reya LLP

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case LLP

Dentons

Slaughter and May

Addleshaw Goddard

Simmons & Simmons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Goodwin

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Forsters LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fieldfisher

Russell-Cooke LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Construction

Clyde & Co LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case LLP

Ashurst

Allen & Overy LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Environment

Leigh Day

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Dentons

Pinsent Masons LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Planning

Bircham Dyson Bell

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ashurst

Norton Rose Fulbright

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Dentons

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Property finance

Macfarlanes LLP

Fieldfisher

Osborne Clarke LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

White & Case LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Gowling WLG

Baker McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Property litigation

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Ashurst

Fieldfisher

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Forsters LLP

Dentons

Gowling WLG

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Osborne Clarke LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

DLA Piper

Baker McKenzie

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fintech

Fieldfisher

Addleshaw Goddard

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP

IT and telecoms

Slaughter and May

Osborne Clarke LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Linklaters LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Intellectual property

Fieldfisher

Lewis Silkin LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Wiggin LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Linklaters LLP

EIP

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Kemp Little LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

Bristows LLP

Simons Muirhead & Burton

Allen & Overy LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Beck Greener

Withers & Rogers

Murgitroyd

Elkington + Fife LLP

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Forresters

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Bristows LLP

Fieldfisher

Mewburn Ellis LLP

Barker Brettell LLP

Elkington + Fife LLP

Mathys & Squire LLP

Reddie & Grose LLP

HGF Limited

Bird & Bird LLP

A.A. Thornton & Co.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Pinsent Masons LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Powell Gilbert LLP

Baker McKenzie

Gowling WLG

Cooley (UK) LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Fieldfisher

Sport

Kerman & Co LLP

Fladgate LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Fieldfisher

Wiggin LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Slaughter and May

Bates Wells Braithwaite


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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