Commonwealth Legal Network
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC),
as the Commonwealth’s accredited business network, has set up the
Commonwealth Legal Network as a high-powered commercial legal network.
Given the increasing importance of the Commonwealth network as a platform for global trade and investment, the benefits of being part of a select group of trusted commercial law firms across the 56 nations of the Commonwealth, all of whom share a similar language, legal systems and values, is clear.
CWEIC’s Legal webinar held in the Autumn of 2020 indicated overwhelming support for a commercial legal network that would provide business referrals, act as a knowledge exchange service through regular meetings and webinars, and strengthen the links between Commonwealth law firms and businesses from the CWEIC network and beyond.
CWEIC hosted the Commonwealth Legal Network’s Inaugural Roundtable for CLN members with the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in July 2021, and second roundtable discussion with the Lord Mayor of the City of London in December 2021.
All new applications involve a thorough review process by the membership committee of existing members, with all CLN-approved member firms also becoming Strategic Partners of CWEIC.
ALP East Africa
ALP East Africa is a regional law firm qualified to practice in four jurisdictions within the East African region namely Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. The firm is affiliated with Africa Law Practice Nigeria with Advocates qualified to practice in Nigeria.
ALP EA spans six broad practice areas, including Corporate and Commercial Law, Infrastructure Law, Dispute Resolution, Integration and Cross-Business Transactions, Regulatory and Compliance, and Law Consulting and Knowledge.
Africa Law Practice
ALP (Africa Law Practice) is a commercial law firm in Nigeria, established as the result of a carefully cultivated 25-year vision. The partnership practices under the name ‘Africa Law Practice’ and ‘ALP Legal’.
The firm is a strategic merger of distinct practices bringing together legal, business and policy expertise that underscores Africa’s growth. The merged practices have easily placed ALP Legal at the forefront, as a leading corporate commercial law firm.
As increased investment and rapid private sector growth in Africa transformed its economies, the need for home-grown, regionally-oriented and excellent quality legal services became imperative. This also led to the establishment of ALP Legal, as a Nigeria-based, Africa business-focused firm that delivers the very best of African legal and advisory services.
The partners have over 100 years of combined experience in legal and business advisory services in Nigeria and internationally. Additionally, our significant experience in the public sector and government relations gives us an advantage in helping our clients to navigate Nigeria’s sometimes complex regulatory and public sector landscape.
The firm has significant industry knowledge which covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
- Energy, natural resources and infrastructure
- Admiralty and maritime
- Transport and logistics
- Financial services
- Culture, media and creative industries
- Hospitality and leisure
- Consumer goods and retail
- Regulatory and government affairs
Our Practice expertise include:
- Corporate and commercial
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
- Risk management
- Business advisory
- Private clients
Africa Law Practice recently became one of the Strategic Partners of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the only Nigerian Law firm to become a strategic Partner.
Lagos, Nigeria. Also in Abuja (FCT)
Africa Legal Associates
Africa Legal Associates (ALA) is a corporate and commercial law firm located in Accra, Ghana. The firm operates as a one-stop service centre, offering a wide range of legal services to support its clients in Ghana and beyond.
ALA is unique, because in addition to providing excellent legal services, its lawyers have diverse multi-disciplinary expertise in business, political risk analysis, public policy, intelligence, strategy, communications, including crisis management and an extensive understanding of the political economy and investor opportunities in Africa.
The firm’s integrated approach to servicing the needs of its clients, in addition to a strong, reliable network of contacts within both the public and private sectors in Ghana, as well as its collaboration with a number of reputable international law firms on cross-jurisdictional work, has ensured that although quite young, it is currently one of the fastest growing law firms in Ghana, positioning it as a key service provider in the new economic order for Africa – The African Continental Free Trade Area.
Charltons is a boutique Hong Kong corporate finance law firm with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangon, Myanmar. Charltons focuses on Hong Kong corporate finance law and provides cutting edge legal advice to Hong Kong, PRC and international clients.
Charltons has a track record of over 20 years representing major multinational clients on complex cross border and domestic transactions. The firm is experienced in advising local and international companies, controlling shareholders, sponsors and underwriters on IPOs on both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the GEM market. Charltons is well recognised for its work advising companies on the legal requirements and implications of their capital raising on listing and we provide ongoing advice to listed companies regarding their compliance with continuing obligations under the Hong Kong Listing Rules.
Charltons advises on securities law, funds law and cryptocurrency. The firm advises on Hong Kong M&A law and cross-border M&A transactions. Charltons has considerable experience advising on the formation and management of offshore, Hong Kong and China investment funds.
Charltons has a substantial pro bono practice establishing and advising Hong Kong based charities and foundations.
Deguara Farrugia Advocates is a Malta-based law firm advising clients on general and complex business transactions and assisting in disputes across a range of industries and sectors.
The practice has established itself as a prominent commercial law firm covering various practice areas, including funds and investment services; banking law; capital markets; corporate and commercial law; gaming and betting law; litigation and arbitration; public procurement and privatisation; trust and fiduciary services; real estate, aircraft registration and finance; shipping and Admiralty law; and taxation law, notably international tax planning.
Deguara Farrugia Advocates acts for and advises international organisations, private and listed companies, funds and investment service providers, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals from around the globe. Throughout the years the firm has assisted clients on a multitude of deals and local and cross-border transactions, including the provision of legal assistance and advice on the setting up of businesses and joint ventures; licensing and regulatory matters; mergers and acquisitions; listings; setting up of international corporate structures; and group reorganisations. The firm assists bidders in acquiring and taking control of state-owned entities in the course of privatisation and tender processes and acts as legal advisor for the privatisation unit of the Government of Malta in connection with public concessions and tenders.
Emilianides Katsaros LLC
A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates LLC (Emilianides Katsaros LLC or EK LLC) is a full-service law practice based in Cyprus, with offices in Nicosia and Limassol.
Its parent company, A. & E. C. Emilianides, has excelled in providing legal services for more than a century.
Led by Prof. Dr. Achilles C. Emilianides and Costas V. Katsaros, EK LLC has been transformed into a group of professional services and one of the major legal practices of the island, with a team of more than 40 qualified professionals, offering legal, advisory & corporate services in a variety of industries such as banking & finance, commerce & trade, insurance, technology, tourism, media, real estate & construction, transportation, shipping, energy, medicine, agriculture.
The firm serves as an advisor of major Cypriot public institutions and of private organizations that operate both locally and internationally. Since Cyprus offers a business friendly environment and legal, tax & corporate regime, the Firm provides a full spectrum of legal, corporate & administrative support to a worldwide portfolio of international clients that operate in or from Cyprus. The firm has enjoys a network of associates and affiliations with global reach.
The Firm’s legal & litigation department advises clients by providing legal opinions & support and by practicing advocacy in numerous disputes, complex legal & litigation matters, including some of the highest profile cases of the island.
The advisory department offers consultancy services & support to major organizations, providing training seminars & consulting services for the Association of Banks in Cyprus & actively assisting in many projects some of the biggest banking institutions & other organizations of the island in a variety of fields, such as personal data protection & DPO services, compliance & restructurings.
The corporate department supports international clients in all areas of their corporate activities, including establishment & administration of companies, funds & trusts. The firm’s headquarters in Nicosia host a business centre with full administrative support and a state-of-the-art infrastructure in the historic centre of the capital of the island.
Griffiths & Partners
Griffiths & Partners was founded in 2012 by Conrad Griffiths KC and David Cadman KC. It has since become one of the largest law firms in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with five partners, associate attorneys, paralegals and administrative support staff.
The Firm has a full-service legal practice (excluding criminal cases) and has been involved in most of the jurisdiction’s highest profile civil and commercial litigation over the past decade and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdiction litigation.
The Firm has a strong commercial and property team and advises many overseas clients in their investments in the region.
The Firm operates from well appointed modern offices in the island of Providenciales, which has a busy international airport connecting Turks and Caicos with the region, North America and further afield. Griffiths & Partners is ranked in Band 1 for General Business Law and Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global 2021.
Hassans International Law Firm Limited
Hassans International Law Firm Limited is the largest law firm in Gibraltar, offering a complete range of legal services to clients both locally and throughout the world. Established in 1939 by Sir Joshua Hassan is the leading law firm in Gibraltar, with the largest number of top-ranked lawyers in the jurisdiction.
Since the firm was originally founded in 1939, Hassans has grown in size and standing to become the largest, most prominent and influential law firm in Gibraltar. We are also the best-ranked across all practice areas, year on year, by independent, industry-leading legal directories.
“Hassans is widely recognised as the leading firm in Gibraltar“, according to the Legal 500, “particularly for international commercial transactions.”
Chambers and Partners describes Hassans as a “market-leading full-service firm assisting a broad clientele across the banking and finance and commercial spectrums”.
Hassans’ Senior Partner James Levy CBE QC is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a Star Individual, the only lawyer in Gibraltar to receive this distinction. He is “incredibly experienced and knowledgeable” according to the Chambers and Partners Global 2019 guide while the previous year’s edition describes him as “the most experienced and well-connected lawyer in Gibraltar” who “enjoys a stellar reputation in the market”.
Areas of Practice:
Hassans enjoys a solid reputation both at home and abroad for its expertise in corporate and commercial law and financial services.
The firm is also highly active in Gibraltar’s key sectors, including shipping and maritime law and gaming, alongside key growth sectors such as FinTech.
We also advise private clients, including many High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), on a range of topics including tax, pensions, employment law and property, both residential and commercial.
Hassans has its own dedicated litigation, data protection, environmental law and funds teams, plus a second office in Sotogrande, Spain, dealing exclusively with Spanish Law.
Finally, our sister company, Line Group Limited, provides fiduciary services, namely company management and trusts.
With 15 UK locations and an international presence we have assisted clients in taking business, wealth and health advice in over 200 countries worldwide. We’re one of the UK’s largest full-service law firms, which means whatever advice you need or problem you have, we can help.
Our global network of trusted and independent ‘best friend’ legal and financial firms means we can provide global project management whenever and wherever you require it, saving you considerable time, hassle and expense.
We are frequently working closely with foreign businesses and individuals in respect of their English legal needs. The extent and range of our advice includes; corporate M&A, setting up in the UK, financing arrangements, commercial contract agreements and data protection, disputes, regulatory and compliance, restructuring and insolvency, employment and immigration, intellectual property and brand management, real estate and residential property, contentious and non-contentious private client matters and international serious injury claims and much more.
We’re not ones to rest on our laurels and we’re always exploring innovative new ways to help more people and give our clients even better service.
We’re consistently ranked as one of the country’s top firms by independent legal directories and win a wide variety of awards for the quality of our work. In 2019, we achieved Superbrand status for the first time, alongside international heavyweights as varied as British Airways, eBay, and LEGO. We retained our positon as the number one legal Superbrand in 2020. See a full list of our recent award wins
Every quarter, we commission an in-depth study into local economic trends to help us assist clients who have existing activities or future interests in the UK. Read our latest UK Powerhouse city tracker report.
Kouengoua-Minou-Nkongho Law Firm
Kouengoua-Minou-Nkongho Law Firm (KMN) is a leading regional law firm based in Douala, Cameroon. With nearly 40 years of experience, they are trusted advisors to national and international clients throughout Africa. Their expertise spans banking, corporate, mining, natural resources, and immigration law. Their cross-border experience and diverse team of skilled lawyers consistently delivers favourable results for their clients, offering valuable insights into the local business environment.
Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC
Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC is an independent and leading law firm in Cyprus.
With half a century of experience, we provide a full range of legal services with a reputation for delivering high quality, prompt and practical legal advice, catering the solutions required by our international and local clientele.
Our clients depend on us for expertise and professionalism. Over the years, we have successfully delivered our services at a high standard, sustaining business relationships with top-level players such as credit institutions in Cyprus and abroad, major insurance, construction and development companies, semi-governmental organisations, local authorities, HNWIs, as well as multinational companies in IT, shipping, pharmaceuticals and energy, tourism, retail and commerce.
We are members of TAGLaw, a global alliance of 160 independent law firms in 90 countries and on a European level, the Cyprus member of the Association of European Lawyers (AEL), providing a strong international out-reach and cross-border solutions in a rapidly evolving global market.
Triay Lawyers Limited
Triay is an independent Gibraltar law firm which prides itself on its long-standing reputation for legal excellence since 1905. Our clients range from international businesses to private companies, governments, charities and private individuals.
The firm was established in 1905 by the late Arthur C. Carrara CMG, KC and has practised Gibraltar Law continuously since then. Our clients range from international businesses to private companies, governments, charities and private individuals.
Today, due to our commitment to maintaining the highest standards and ethics in our profession; building strong relationships with our clients and our ability to deliver legal solutions, we remain at the forefront of legal services in Gibraltar with a reputation for legal excellence since 1905.
Triay is a full-service law firm divided into a number of distinct practice areas namely Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family & Divorce, Financial Services, Private Client, Property and Shipping & Admiralty.