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Property ( Civil Law)

With specialists in all areas of property law, whether you are a large institution looking for support on a complex construction project or investment, a developer navigating tricky environmental issues, or a family under time pressure to complete on a residential sale or purchase, our property experts have the know-how to deliver what you need. Having operated for many decades in the field, we have come to be recognised not only for the huge range of our expertise, but for our particular brand of responsive client service.

We work hard to understand our clients’ legal requirements and their business aims, which ensures our advice is commercial and pragmatic. We have sector-leading technical expertise in every field of commercial real estate. We advise clients on all aspects of their operation from funding to dispute resolution, to construction. We offer full support to developers, construction companies and property finance providers including banks. We also advise on the full range of planning and environmental law, including risk management and environmental permissions, working with a client base that includes landowners, investors and institutions. Our residential property specialists are recognised as some of the best in the business. The same is true of our rural property experts, who are leading advisers to rural landowners of all types, supporting long-standing clients on matters including residential development, minerals and renewables projects and all diversification projects.

Our clients frequently require complex, multi-faceted advice and they find our ability to draw on the expertise of the wider firm invaluable. Our property lawyers collaborate closely with specialist colleagues in areas including tax, trusts, corporate and charity law in order to deliver the holistic solutions clients need.Our standing in the world of property is such that we are regularly invited to speak at industry events and sit on advisory boards. Our lawyers contribute to wider professional debate, lending their insights through their writing in the property press and the national media.

Construction and Infrastructure

The construction industry faces perennial challenges.. For contractors and sub-contractors, major projects take a long time to come to the table and a long time to receive approval. You need the support of a law firm that understands your pressures and works rapidly and efficiently, taking time out of the process rather than building it in. We work responsively to keep off your critical path. Our experience in these sectors is broad and deep.

Our way of working is collaborative, and ultimately construction is all about collaborative endeavour. We support our clients across a range of markets including energy, infrastructure, building/construction and process engineering. For each market we field experts who understand the specific issues that affect these projects across a range of jurisdictions. At any stage of a project, be it structuring or bidding, asset acquisition or disposal, dispute avoidance or resolution, our lawyers will help you to drive your project forward and keep it on track.

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Energy and Natural Resources

We have a detailed grasp of the complexity of the energy and natural resources sector and appreciate its highly regulated environment. We are recognised for the efficient and effective manner in which we advise our clients across a wide range of corporate, regulatory and commercial issues. Our clients include exploration companies for the oil, gas and minerals industries, mining companies as well as cleantech and renewable energy businesses, both onshore and offshore. Our specialist industry knowledge and international expertise aid us in understanding our client’s business objectives from a legal perspective. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, technical excellence and our ability to focus on building long-term, productive client relations

As for operational matters, we regularly advise on:
exploration licences and due diligence requirements, including necessary legal opinions and Competent Person and Reservoir Engineer Reports
• mine construction and infrastructure contracts, such as those for road access and power connections
• production sharing agreements, offtake and other product sale arrangements
• procurement of equipment and fixed plant machinery
• planning, environmental and health & safety regulation
• governance structures and anti-corruption legislation
• shareholder activism and dispute resolution.

Tax

Tax compliance is challenging for any business, big or small. The terrain of legal tax planning requires specialist navigation. Our tax team is here to support our clients – from advising on strategy to resolving disputes. We advise on all aspects of personal and business tax. Working closely with colleagues across the firm we provide comprehensive and joined-up advice to a wide range of investors, businesses, institutions and charities.

Our team gives practical, commercial and innovative solutions to complex tax and structure issues. We collaborate with lawyers in our wealth planning, trusts, employment, corporate, funds, property and immigration teams to ensure that whatever your situation, we can deliver advice which is tailored to your circumstances. On international matters we work with a network of trusted independent tax professionals in other jurisdictions.

Banking and Finance

We have an established banking and financial services practice made up of some twenty lawyers who look after a range of clients, including private banks, wealth managers, asset managers as well as individuals and corporates. Our finance lawyers advise on all aspects of financing and security matters, whilst our regulatory and fund lawyers help clients navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape and bring new funds and services to market.

We provide technically excellent advice, and always seek to provide the best possible service for our clients however big or small the project. Our clients frequently ask us to help on complex matters which require input from both our finance and regulatory lawyers, and we can draw on other expertise from across the firm as needed to ensure a complete service is provided. We have an in-depth knowledge of banking and financial services law and practice enhanced by years of experience including client secondments. We provide additional support to clients in terms of regular seminars, briefings and in-house training.

Commercial Law

Primis has a leading and broad commercial practice covering corporate, employment, commercial disputes, data protection, intellectual property, commercial contracts and financial services. As commercial issues often cut across multiple areas of law we can offer joined-up, expert advice across all the relevant areas.

The firm is experienced in offering advice in both the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) contexts, international and domestic, and has a reputation for providing clear, pragmatic advice on complex and often business-critical issues.

Corporate Law

Primis team has market-leading expertise in complex, high-value transactional and advisory work. Our clients include global high net worth individuals and their businesses, investors, established entrepreneurs, international family offices and trust companies as well as management teams and individual executives.

We have particular focus on the private wealth and financial services sectors as well as publishing, education, media and professional practices. With strong links to the global wealth management community, a significant volume of our corporate work includes an offshore element and we deal regularly with assets.
Our range of work includes
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Fundraising and investment
• Reorganisation and restructuring
• Joint ventures
• Private equity
• Alternative exits and succession planning, and
• Corporate governance.

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Family and Divorce

There are key moments in your life when you may have to consult a family lawyer. It might be when:

• you are about to get married and you are considering a pre-nuptial agreement to protect your family’s assets
• your relationship is at an end and you need to resolve complex and international financial issues, and, above all,
• you need to protect your children’s welfare.

Of course, through all of this you will need to be assured that your privacy is respected and you will want to know that you are receiving the best advice and service. Established and market leading, our family lawyers are the best at what they do. We have clear leaders in the field who have extensive experience, and a depth of rising stars. For us, it is all about providing a very high level of client service. Our clients tell us that they value our ability to communicate complex issues in a pragmatic, innovative and positive way. We provide an all-round, integrated service, covering not just family law but every other service required by individuals involved in a divorce, including tax, private client, contentious trusts and international issues. Our reputation management experts can ensure that your privacy is protected at such a sensitive time. Our team operates at the forefront of family law. We have been involved with a number of ground-breaking cases, which have established the current law.

Immigration

Immigration plays a key role in a world of increasing global mobility. The ability to move seamlessly across countries is of paramount importance to individuals, families and businesses alike. We understand that the decision to relocate, whether for families or businesses, is never taken lightly and that the process of relocation can be stressfull. We work closely with our clients, their family offices, our colleagues, and a wealth of international advisers across various jurisdictions to understand our clients’ full needs and circumstances.

We arrive at practical and bespoke solutions, putting in place comprehensive and coordinated immigration strategies which take into account a wide range of considerations, such as tax planning and children’s educational needs. Drawing on our wide-ranging expertise, we manage complex cases which often fall outside the scope of the immigration rules, or where previous visa non-compliance or refusals have left clients in difficult situations. Where we need to, we act for clients in judicial review applications, administrative reviews and appeals.

Employment

We offer judgment-based practical solutions, adding value beyond pure employment law expertise. We pride ourselves on the service we provide and the strength of the relationships we build. We are committed to giving you advice that is to the point, allows you to make decisions confidently, and is sensitive to your specific and wider needs. We act for both employers and individuals, which allows us to advise you with a broader perspective. Our understanding of employers’ businesses, culture, people and needs allows us to act as extensions of their own HR and senior management teams. Our work for employer clients includes
• Drafting of contracts and policies
• Advice on recruitment
• Day-to-day advice on employee relations issues, including disciplinarians, dismissals, grievances and whistleblowing
• Large-scale employee investigations
• Small, medium and large scale redundancies
• Employment Tribunal and High Court claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and other employment disputes, and
• Restrictive covenant/team move related claims.

Intellectual Property

From software licensing to contentious trade mark issues, for many organisations, handling their intellectual property well is a cornerstone of the business strategy that will shape their future success. We advise clients operating within any sector rich in intellectual property on almost all aspects of IP law.

Our clients include news and information publishers, financial services businesses, software companies, museums and galleries, heritage institutions, universities and schools, brands, technology and engineering manufacturers and sports organisations. This gives us a wealth of experience in these sectors, and the issues that are common to all. With the growth of digital technology, IP is a fast-moving area of law. Our team of specialists constantly monitor trends and developments in this sector, sitting on government and industry advisory panels and as members of key organisations and associations.

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