Solicitors in the UK
Solicitors in the UK
Updated May 2014
The U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom, assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or U.S. Embassy London. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information in the list on professional credentials, areas of expertise, and language ability are provided directly by the lawyers. You may receive additional information about the individuals by contacting the local bar association (or its equivalent) or the local licensing authorities.
In English and Welsh practice, the legal profession is divided into two quite separate categories: Barristers and Solicitors. The primary function of the former is to argue cases before the higher courts. All other legal work is handled by solicitors, and only a solicitor can retain a barrister. As barristers do not deal directly with the general public, only solicitors are named in the attached list.
The Solicitors Act (1974) permits all solicitors to act as commissioners for oaths.
Lists of solicitors practicing in Scotland and Northern Ireland are available from the U.S. Consulates General at Edinburgh and Belfast respectively.
BATES WELLS & BRAITHWAITE
2-6 Cannon Street, London, EC4M 64H
Tel: 020-7551-7777 Fax: 020-7551-7800
The firm is recognized as being one of the two leaders in charity and social enterprise law in the country. It is also well known for employment and immigration work. In addition, it specializes in marketing, sponsorship sport, and entertainment work. It also handles a wide range of company transactions as well as having an experienced litigation and arbitration team and an extensive property department. The firm is a founder member of Parlex, a network of law firms with members throughout the European Union and with associates in the United States, China, and Turkey. Languages: English, French, Japanese.
Abbotts House, Abbey Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BD
Tel: 011-8959-7711 Fax: 011-8957-3257
General UK practice in a wide variety of areas, including: insurance law, commercial/business law, copyright law (patents/trademarks), estate law, immigration and civil law.
275 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8QB
Tel: 020-7833-4433 Fax: 020-7837-9792
Bindmans is made up of 50 lawyers working in 14 legal fields, which include: personal injury, criminal, discrimination, employment, family, fraud, and immigration law.
10 Bentinck Street, London W1U 2EN
Tel: 020-7487-4468 Fax: 020-7487-5466
Comprehensive and personal advice to new arrivals in the United Kingdom, with particular expertise in immigration, work and study permits, real estate transactions (purchasing and leasing), wills, tax planning, business start-ups, acquisitions of existing businesses, employee relocation, general litigation including, divorce, personal injury, consumer, employment, debt recovery, and insolvency matters.
CUMBERLAND ELLIS LLP
Atrium Court, 15 Jockey’s Fields, London WC1R
Tel: 020-7242-0422 Fax: 020-7831-9081
Central London firm specializing in commercial, private client, and property law. Particular experience in work for U.S. residents. Departments include: company commercial, commercial dispute resolution, employment, tax trust probate, divorce and family law, commercial property, property litigation, and residential conveyancing.
DAVID DU PRE & CO
23 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1 4EB
Tel: 020-7430-1950 Fax: 020-7430-1968
Divorce and family law specialists (international and domestic), including high-value and complex financial disputes. Central London offices close to the High Court and the Principal Registry of the Family Division.
DAVIDSON MORRIS SOLICITORS
33 Queen St., London EC4R 1AP
Tel: 084-5413-7000 Fax: 084-5413-7001
Specializes in UK immigration law, particularly in business and commercial, HSMP, sport, civil partnerships and unmarried partner, family and settlement, self-employed, ECAA/Ankara, general immigration appeals. Languages: English, Turkish.
DAVIES ARNOLD COOPER
6-8 Bouverie Street, London EC4Y 8DD
Tel: 020-7936-2222 Fax: 020-7936-2020
Specializes in UK immigration law, particularly in business and commercial immigration, Teir 1, sponsorship licenses, sport, family, civil partnerships, and immigration appeals.
15 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4QT
Tel: 020-7242-2556 Fax: 020-7831-0748
Specialists in family law, adoptions, child custody issues, parental child abduction, marriage and divorce issues, and estates.
10 Dominion Street, London EC2M 2EE
Tel: 020-7628-2000 Fax: 020-7628-2100
City firm handling a wide variety of company and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, employment, and partnership law areas.
4th Floor, Holborn Gate, 330 High Holborn, London WC1V 7PP
Tel: 020-3077- 5000 Fax: 020-3077-5001
Advisory services and assistance with regard to all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law; U.S. immigration and nationality law and immigration services throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Contact: Charlotte Slocombe, Alex Paterson
1 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7AL
UK immigration and naturalization practice representing corporations, partnerships, and individuals in U.S. and UK immigration matters, including business, sole representative, and investor visas, work permits, HSMP applications, relative visa applications, and naturalization matters.
HAROLD BENJAMIN SOLICITORS
Hill House, 67-71 Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3EQ
Tel: 020-8422-5678 Fax: 020-8864-7530
Full-service commercial law practice with departments specializing in commercial property development, all forms of commercial real estate transactions, planning, commercial litigation and corporate and commercial.
19 Cavendish Square, London, W1A 2AW
Tel: 020-7636-1616 Fax: 020-7664-4401
General commercial and corporate law, banking and finance, intellectual property law, international business and taxation, litigation, commercial and residential property, immigration. Languages: Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Polish.
626 Linen Hall, 162-168 Regent Street, London W1B 5TB
Tel: 020-7734 -0103 (in the United Kingdom); 713-984-4905 (in the United States)
Specializing in U.S. immigration law.
JULIAN YOUNG & CO
118 Seymour Place, Marylebone London, W1H 1NP
Tel: 020-7724-8414 Fax: 020-7258-0466
Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates. Specialists in all types of criminal cases, from minor matters to homicide, extradition, and serious fraud; attendances at police stations. Languages: French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew.
KINGSLEY NAPLEY LLP
4 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4AJ
Tel: 020-7814-1200 Fax: 020-7490-2288
KOSTICK HANAN HERSKOVIC LLP
1 Egerton Road, London N16 6UE
Tel: 020-8800-8866 Fax: 020-8800-8086
General UK practice in adoptions, commercial/business law, contracts, and estate law. Languages: Yiddish and Hebrew.
LAURA DEVINE SOLICITORS
100 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6EU
Tel: 020-7469-6460 Fax: 020-7469-6461
Advises on both UK and US immigration issues to cooperate and individual clients. Associated with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York. Firm’s principle is council member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
LEIGH, DAY & CO
Priory House, 25 St. John’s Lane, London EC1M 4LB
Tel: 020-7650-1200 Fax: 020-7253 4433
Specializing in all types of personal injury and medical negligence actions for plaintiffs. Conditional fee work undertaken. Members of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
LONDON VISA SERVICES LTD
4 Tersha Street, Richmond TW9 2LY
Tel: 020-7043-1326 Fax: 020-8948-6248
Specializes in UK immigration law, covering all matters other than asylum. Their services include: assistance at London airports, in detention, immigration bail applications, UK Tier 1 and 2 visas, sponsorship licenses, sport, family, civil partnerships, European applications, and immigration appeals.
MAYER, BROWN INTERNATIONAL LLP
201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF
Tel: 020-3130-3000 Fax: 020-3130-3001
Expertise covers a wide range of areas including cooperate finance, litigation, dispute resolution, real estate, insurance, reinsurance, pensions, employment, competition, trade, tax, intellectual property, and IT.
OPTIMUS LAW GROUP
4/5 Park Place, London, SW1A 1LP
Tel: 020-3178-7958 Fax: 020-3070-0110
Specializing in business immigration matters, as well as intellectual property, technology and software licensing agreements and general cooperate law.
OSMOND GAUNT & ROSE
Winston House, 349 Regents Park Road, Finchley, London N3 1DH
Tel: 020-8349-032 Fax: 020-8346-2000
Specializes in property law, personal injury, and family law.
Abacus House, 33 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 8AR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7457 3000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7457 3240
Specializes in civil law, damage claims, foreign claims, and experienced in handling claims for US nationals injured in the UK by reason of accident, assault, medical malpractice or defective products.
15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BW
Tel: 020-7822-7777 Fax: 020-7822-7788
Specializes in asset recovery, multi-jurisdictional litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy, corporate investigations, corporate governance, in fraud and regulatory litigation, commercial fraud litigation and compliance.
5 Great College Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3SJ
Tel: 020-7222-7040 Fax: 020-7222-6208
London-based firm has been in practice for more than 150 years. Also has offices in Leeds and Cardiff. Specializes in family law, patents/trademarks/copyrights, civil law, damages, commercial law, contracts, corporations, estates, taxes, labor relations, immigration, and accidents.
34 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6HW, Tel: 020-7839-2373 Fax: 020-7839-2344
Specialists in all types of criminal litigation, including extradition and serious fraud. Personal injury litigation.
5 Portman Square, London W1H 6NT
Tel: 020-7725-8000 Fax: 020-7935-5049
General commercial law practice, with experience in all aspects of company sales, acquisitions and joint ventures, commercial and residential real estate, employment, insolvency, commercial and international litigation and arbitration, entertainment, media, commodities, shipping, trust, tax, wills and probate, and personal injury. Also deal with legal matters related to Central and Eastern Europe and the Far East. Languages: French, Italian, and Czech.
SHERIDAN & CO
16 Princeton Mews, 167-169 London Road, Surrey KT2 6TT Tel: 020-8541-1181 Fax: 020-8549-7794
Main fields in litigation in the United Kingdom and United States (including personal injury, products liability, professional malpractice, and contract), also commercial and residential real estate, wills and probate in the United Kingdom. Legal aid work accepted.
SIMONS, MUIRHEAD, & BURTON
50 Broadwick Street, London W1V 1FF, Tel: 020-3206-2700 Fax: 020-3206-2800
General and commercial practice, civil litigation, criminal litigation (specializing in fraud), entertainment law in relation to theater and television, media law including libel and contempt, immigration and conveyancing work. Firm has a franchise for criminal Legal Aid work.
SOOKIAS & SOOKIAS
15 Brooks Mews, London W1A 1AE
Tel: 020-7465-8000 Fax: 020-7465-8001
General Practice: company commercial, company formation and taxation, conveyancing, entertainment law, foreign company formation and taxation, immigration and nationality law, litigation, tax and trust and probate. Languages: Armenian and Farsi.
Global House, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1YN
Tel: 012-9359-6900 Fax: 012-9359-6968
Specializing in corporate, corporate finance, and commercial law.
Belmont House, Station Way, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1JA
Tel: 01293- 742-700 Fax: 01293-742-999
Company and commercial services, banking unit, employment law unit, EC law unit, property services, litigation services, private client services, international services, personal injury, medical negligence and fatal accidents. Languages: German, French and Italian.
7 Beeston Place, Belgrivia, London SW1W 0JJ
Tel: 020-7730-0001 Fax: 020-7730-7900
Firm has been owned and managed by same family since 1877. Senior Partner, Mr. Peter Woodroffe. Practice with emphasis on UK and U.S. business, company and commercial, banking, litigation, arbitration, real estate, company house-purchase schemes, insurance, wills, probate and trusts, private client work including divorce and children, charities, education problems, transfer of works of art, fraud, recovery and white-collar crime, foreign company formation, tax planning, asset protection, employment, EC, personal injury, debt collection, and intellectual property.