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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Slaughter and May

Latham & Watkins

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate tax

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Latham & Watkins

Pinsent Masons LLP

Dentons

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

DLA Piper

Stephenson Harwood

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

EU and competition

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Jones Day

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Arnold & Porter

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Gowling WLG

White & Case LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Fieldfisher

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

Baker McKenzie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Mayer Brown International LLP

Gowling WLG

Simmons & Simmons

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fieldfisher

Ashurst

Stephenson Harwood

Dentons

Financial services: contentious

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Irwin Mitchell

White & Case LLP

Fox Williams LLP

DLA Piper

Fieldfisher

Bivonas Law LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Withers LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Ashurst

RPC

Corker Binning

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Addleshaw Goddard

Ashurst

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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

Jones Day

Milbank

Dentons

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Dechert LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Akin Gump LLP

VAT and indirect tax

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Bark&co

Stephenson Harwood

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Venture capital

Mills & Reeve LLP

Gowling WLG

Browne Jacobson LLP

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jones Day

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Fieldfisher

Milbank

Commercial litigation

Dentons

Farrer & Co

King & Spalding LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Baker McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Akin Gump LLP

International arbitration

Mayer Brown International LLP

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Squire Patton Boggs

Arnold & Porter

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Akin Gump LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Professional discipline

Blackfords LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bindmans LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

RPC

Murdochs Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell

Browne Jacobson LLP

Public international law

Carter-Ruck

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Withers LLP

Arnold & Porter

Linklaters LLP

DLA Piper

Simmons & Simmons

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Dentons

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Ropes & Gray LLP

Latham & Watkins

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

Addleshaw Goddard

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Simmons & Simmons

Mayer Brown International LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Debt capital markets

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Derivatives (including commodities)

Slaughter and May

DLA Piper

Dentons

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

White & Case LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Milbank

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Fieldfisher

Structured products and securitisation

Ashurst

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

White & Case LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Fieldfisher

Milbank

Transport finance & leasing

Clyde & Co LLP

REN Legal

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Ince

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Mayer Brown International LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Simmons & Simmons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Squire Patton Boggs

Employment: employers

Bird & Bird LLP

DLA Piper

Squire Patton Boggs

Slaughter and May

Dechert LLP

Farrer & Co

Addleshaw Goddard

Taylor Wessing LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

RPC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Health and safety

Gowling WLG

BCL Solicitors LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Blackfords LLP

Weightmans LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dentons

Fieldfisher

Pensions (non-contentious)

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Baker McKenzie

Burges Salmon LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Gowling WLG

Pensions: dispute resolution

Squire Patton Boggs

Burges Salmon LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Baker McKenzie

London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Bristows LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Baker McKenzie

Fladgate LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Forsters LLP

DLA Piper

Burges Salmon LLP

Slaughter and May

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Commercial property: development

Forsters LLP

DLA Piper

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Dentons

Macfarlanes LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Gowling WLG

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Jones Day

Slaughter and May

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: hotels and leisure

Paul Hastings LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Goodwin

Stephenson Harwood

Howard Kennedy LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

DLA Piper

Travers Smith LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fladgate LLP

Fieldfisher

Linklaters LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Slaughter and May

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: investment

Mishcon de Reya LLP

DLA Piper

Taylor Wessing LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

Pinsent Masons LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Allen & Overy LLP

Baker McKenzie

Goodwin

Wedlake Bell LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

White & Case LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Jones Day

Dentons

Slaughter and May

Squire Patton Boggs

Commercial property: retail

Fieldfisher

Macfarlanes LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Fladgate LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Forsters LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Construction: contentious

Ashurst

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Contruction: non-contentious

Norton Rose Fulbright

Clifford Chance LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Addleshaw Goddard

White & Case LLP

Ashurst

Environment

Baker McKenzie

Pinsent Masons LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Planning

Ashurst

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

BDB Pitmans

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Dentons

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Property finance

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Gowling WLG

Fieldfisher

White & Case LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Baker McKenzie

Property litigation

Pinsent Masons LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ashurst

Dentons

Forsters LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Squire Patton Boggs

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Bates Wells

Browne Jacobson LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Shoosmiths LLP

Gowling WLG

Addleshaw Goddard

Cooley (UK) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Fintech

Burges Salmon LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Bristows LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Baker McKenzie

Travers Smith LLP

Dentons

Taylor Wessing LLP

Franchising

Ashtons Legal

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Owen White

Harper Macleod LLP

TLT

DLA Piper

IT and telecoms

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Slaughter and May

Simmons & Simmons

Linklaters LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Milbank

RPC

Intellectual property

Pinsent Masons LLP

Stephenson Harwood

Lewis Silkin LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Linklaters LLP

Fieldfisher

RPC

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Latham & Watkins

Baker McKenzie

Kemp Little LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

Bristows LLP

Bates Wells

Goodman Derrick LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Forresters

Dentons

Appleyard Lees

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Beck Greener LLP

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Murgitroyd

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Beck Greener LLP

Venner Shipley LLP

Baker McKenzie

Fieldfisher

Forresters

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Murgitroyd

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Baker McKenzie

Powell Gilbert LLP

Arnold & Porter

Pinsent Masons LLP

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.