The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Slaughter and May

Living Wage
Work 020 7600 1200
Fax 020 7090 5000
Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

James Stacey

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner with a broad-ranging international arbitration, commercial litigation and investigations practice. He has conducted arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL, with particular expertise in Construction and IEN (Infrastructure, Energy, Natural Resources) related arbitrations. James also has extensive experience of advising corporate and banking clients in relation to contentious tax disputes, frequently with an international element.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2004; associate dispute resolution department 2004-2013; partner 2013.




The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, Devon; Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (1997-2000), Jurisprudence (First).

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Slaughter and May is 'a class act - the Rolls-Royce service for commercial litigation'. Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, the practice attracts some of the most significant, complex and high-value cases in the market. Demonstrating the strength of the firm's practice, in what is reportedly one of the largest lawsuits in English legal history,  Richard Swallow and Efstathios Michael acted for BHP Group (BHP), an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company, and four non-UK-domiciled BHP entities, all of whom are defendants to claims that arose out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. Sarah Lee heads the firm’s dispute resolution group while former practice head Deborah Finkler  has a broad practice but is particularly experienced in banking litigation and regulatory investigations as well as complex recovery and insolvency work.  Other highly regarded advisers in the team include Damian Taylor, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Megan Sandler and Kimia Shedy are the senior associates to note. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were made partners in 2018.

[back to top]

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Slaughter and May's arbitration team 'is highly experienced and of uniformly high calibre, from partners to associates and trainees'. The team is best known for its assistance with particularly challenging arbitrations that threaten clients’ existence or positions in the market. Damian Taylor and James Stacey co-head the international arbitration group, and Efstathios Michael has conducted arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA and SIAC. At senior associate level, Megan Sandler and Peter Wickham are experienced advisers.

[back to top]

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Slaughter and May's strong tax disputes department handles the full spectrum of contentious tax work (including cross-border disputes), in addition to assisting non-contentious tax clients with continuous disclosure regimes, governance and reputational risk matters. The team also has niche expertise in the technology sector; advising UK and non-UK headquartered multinational companies in relation to transfer pricing and diverted profits tax issues. Dominic Robertson and Richard Jeens jointly lead the team, which includes dispute resolution head Sarah Lee, investigations specialist James Stacey and Sarah Blakelock who joined the team as a consultant from KPMG United Kingdom in 2018.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to