• London Office
  • London Office
  • London Office

The UK is a constitutional monarchy and an island nation just like Japan. The UK maintains strong relationships with former members of the British Empire within the Commonwealth and still carries a strong level of political and diplomatic influence around the world. The service sector, including financial and business services, is the UK’s key industry and its capital city, London, is well known as a world-leading financial center. In the legal world, English law plays an extremely important role as the governing law in innumerable international contracts and disputes. The fact that English is the UK’s official language has helped the country to act as the gateway to Europe for a long time for Japanese companies wishing to expand into Europe. With the UK’s imminent exit from the EU (Brexit) looming on the horizon, it is becoming increasingly important to provide legal updates from Europe in a timely manner to assist Japanese companies operating in Europe in making strategic business decisions.
TMI has been authorized by the UK’s regulatory authorities to provide legal services in the UK, where the common law constitutes the basis of its legal system, and TMI thus opened an office in London in January 2018 to support Japanese companies operating in Europe. The London Office has an experienced Japanese attorney who is qualified to practice law in both Japan and the UK.

London Office

Member Attorneys

Kenichi Kinukawa
Solicitor(England & Wales)
Kenichi Kinukawa

Making use of my experience in working at major law firms in London and Japan and at the Embassy of Japan in the UK, I comprehensively support the management of Japanese enterprises in England and their business development in Europe.

Sadao Maeda
Attorney-at-law (Japan)
Sadao Maeda

By utilizing my extensive experience in Japanese general corporate legal practices and finance law practices as well as my practical experience at the Financial Services Agency of Japan, I am able to provide Japanese enterprises with a wide range of support for their business development in England.

Guide to Our Legal Practice

The London Office provides full legal services to Japanese companies operating in the UK as a friendly and reliable law firm.

The London Office provides attentive legal support needed for the day-to-day operations of Japanese subsidiaries, including reviews of contracts, handling employee grievances, disciplinary actions, and dismissal proceedings, operation of the board of directors, registration with the Company House, amendments to company policies and handbooks, etc.

The London Office also provides advice on compliance laws and regulations applicable in the UK and Europe, such as European competition law, the GDPR, the UK Bribery Act and the Modern Slavery Act, to local subsidiaries and/or their head offices in Japan that may be affected by these laws. Furthermore, it organizes external training programs and seminars, as well as providing assistance in internal investigations of incidents involving overseas subsidiaries.

ne of the important roles played by a Japanese company’s European subsidiary is to collect local business news and updates and communicate them to its head office back home. The London Office has the capacity to keep Japanese companies up to date, in the Japanese language, with changes to the legal framework which may affect them.

※TMI Associates London LLP (also referred to as “we”, “us”, “our”, “the LLP” or “TMI London”) is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of England and Wales with registered number OC419545. A list of names of the members is available for inspection at the LLP’s registered address at City Point, One Ropemaker Street, London, London, England, EC2Y 9SS. TMI London is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales with the SRA number 644353. The SRA Handbook 2011 sets out our professional and ethical rules and obligations (including the SRA Code of Conduct and SRA Accounts Rules), and can be viewed at www.sra.org.uk.

Access / Contact Information

Name TMI Associates London LLP
Address CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom
Telephone +44 (0) 20-3917-6970
Facsimile +44 (0) 20-3917-6979
E-Mail london@tmi.gr.jp
  • One minute’s walk from Moorgate Underground Station.
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