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 54 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.
All CLN member firms also become Strategic Partners of CWEIC. All new applications involve a thorough review process by the membership committee of existing members.
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.
Bartley Cohen is a leading Australian disputes and commercial litigation law firm.
For more than 20 years, it has provided high quality legal services to a wide range of domestic and international businesses and clients. Its partners and staff represent clients (both plaintiff and defendant) in a wide variety of commercial disputes across a broad cross-section of industry sectors.
Bartley Cohen has been consistently recognised as one of the top litigation law firms in Queensland. Few, if any, firms the size of Bartley Cohen offer the breadth and depth of experience in commercial litigation matters that it does. Boutique and independent by design, Bartley Cohen offers contact with highly experienced lawyers responsible for all aspects of a client’s legal matter, and who will be proactive in shaping strategies suited to meet a client’s diverse needs and commercial imperatives. With a dedicated focus on commercial litigation, the firm is able to offer specialised advice to pre-emptively manage commercial risks and act in commercial disputes.
The firm has received the following recent accolades in the independent publication, Doyles’ Guide:
- Leading Professional Indemnity Law Firms – Queensland – First Tier (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Firms – Queensland – Second Tier (2018, 2017, 2015) Third Tier (2019, 2016)
- Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Firms – Queensland – Recommended (2018, 2017)
- Leading Medical Negligence Firms (defendant) – Queensland – (2018, 2017) Third Tier (2016) Second Tier (2015)
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.
Clarkslegal LLP is a leading, full service commercial law firm with a reputation for being innovative, practical, commercial and strategic, able to draw on expertise from our associated companies to help deliver solutions for our clients in the UK and internationally.
We act for a wide range of businesses, from start-up and SMEs, to multinationals and FTSE250 companies as well as numerous public sector bodies and individual clients.
Our aim is to make things happen for our clients, whether from a legal perspective or by helping them make the right connections to achieve their desired business outcomes.
As well as this, Clarkslegal works closely with its subsidiary Human Resources Consultancy, Forbury People, to offer a range of services and solutions to clients in respect of their HR challenges.
The firm has extensive expertise in supporting enterprise and innovation. We operate Forbury Investment Network, which seeks to secure investment funding for emerging technologies from the UK, as well as managing the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), a pan-Commonwealth network linking entrepreneurs and companies in the sustainability sector to each other and to international investors. The platform is designed to facilitate trade and investment in sustainable technologies to help connect like-minded businesses, to improve international awareness of developments in green technology and sustainability issues, and to support low carbon economic growth across the Commonwealth.
Internationally, we are part of TAGLaw, a major global network of law firms giving clients access to high-quality legal advice in over 90 countries.
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.
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.
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.